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Aboriginal Australians ...............................................................Hobbies and Crafts

Animals of the World................................................................

Art, Images and Photography ....................................................Jobs and Resumes

Business, Finance and Law - .....................................................Leisure, Entertainment, the Arts and Culture
Australian Government Resources

Business, Finance and Law - .....................................................Literature.
Media and Online Resources [Non-Government]

Business, Finance and Law - Organisations...............................
Mobile Phones


Children's Education, Leisure Activities .....................................
Movies, Video, DVD, TV and Theatre
and Other Resources

Children's Health and Social Issues - .........................................Music - Dance .
From Babies to Young Adults ......................................................

Community Organisations and Charities
- Australia
............................ ......... . . .... ... ............... .. .. . . . ....................Music - Hi-Fi and Home Theatre
Community Organisations and Charities - International .............Music - Miscelaneous..

Computers - Diagnostic and Maintenance Software / Freeware

Computers - Games ....................................................................
News and Media [General]

Computers - Online Misc. Resources ...........................................
Online Audio, Radio and Video

Computers - Online Tips, Tutorials and Templates.......................
Online Audio and Video Downloads

Computers - Miscelaneous Software / Freeware ........................ Opinions - Historical, Political, Topical

Computers - Protective Software / Freeware

Computers - Website Design and Construction

Consumer Information................................................................ Pets..

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Glossaries.................................Politics and Opinions - General.

Do-it-Yourself, Home Repairs and Renovations
, ..........................Relationships
Educational and Reference Sites - ..............................................
Science & Mathematics.
General Online Resources....

Environment and Conservation - Australia....... ................. ... .....Sports and Recreation.

Environment and Conservation - International

Environment and Conservation - Recycling

Food, Cooking and Nutrition .......................................................Time Wasters and Fun Stuff

Gardening ...................................................................................Tourism and Travel - Bookings

Health and Medicine - Modern.....................................................Tourism and Travel - Online Resources

Health and Medicine - Traditional and Alternative.......................What's On?: When and Where.


Highlighting Sydney's Father Chris Riley's: Youth Off the Street
What more can you say, when told that Father Chris Riley's efforts have helped 50,000 to 60,000 street kids over the last
15 years. It is a sad reflection on us all when this number of kids are forced by circumstances to leave their homes
to live of the street.

"Youth Off The Streets is a community organisation working for young people who are chronically homeless, drug dependent
and recovering from abuse. We support these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense
personal traumas such as neglect and physical, psychological and emotional abuse.

We provide crisis care for young people still living on the streets with our food van, youth refuge and outreach programs.
We also operate an innovative drug and alcohol program specifically designed for young people. Our accredited independent
high schools in Surry Hills, the Southern Highlands and Merrylands, provide flexible educational opportunities and support for
young people living on the streets or who are unable to attend mainstream high schools. Many of these young people go on
to successfully achieve their School Certificate and, in increasing numbers, their Higher School Certificate.

Our medium to long term residential rehabilitation programs, located in the Southern Highlands and the Hunter Valley, provide
support for young people who have made the commitment to living a drug and crime free lifestyle. While they are in our care the
young people attend school as well as receive counselling, life skills and vocational training."

Toll free donation line 1800 06 22 88
General Enquiries 02 9721 57

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Trade Unions: Why they evolved and why they are still important for many workers.

Between the late 18th and mid 19th centuries, Britain was transformed from a mainly agrarian and rural society into one
whose wealth was based on industrial production and whose population was increasingly located in fast expanding towns.

Workers the world over at this time mostly looked upon trade unionism as not just a means for protecting and improving their
living standards, but also as a vehicle for democratically changing the entire political and economic order of society,
for the betterment of the larger portion of the population.

For example, under the new Industrial Relations Legislation, Trade Union provided training in occupational health and safety
issues, that was previously allowed is now outlawed.

Throughout history workers rights, wages and working conditions were always controlled by the ruling classes, whether they
be the aristocracy, governments or employers. Unions were always going to be a threat to the status quo.
It seems nothing much has changed.

Any government with inflexible ideologies, who perceives their predominant reason for existence is just to remain
in power, rather than improving the common good does not deserve our support.

For many of us in "Cruise Ship Australia" it is too easy to ignore the difference between "aspirational" and "inspirational".

You owe it to all of our children not to forget the hard fought lessons of history.

EMERGENCY SERVICES - For all genuine emergencies in Australia phone "000".

Avian Influenza (also called Bird Flu) - Australian Government Information Site for both Health Professionals and the Public.

Emergency Phone Numbers - ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria

Ambulance Services - ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria.

Australian Government Health Infolines [Approx. 60 Phone Numbers]

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

Bush Crisis Line & Support Services
The aim of the service is to support health practitioners & their families to successfully manage the stress associated
with remote and rural practice.

Fire Brigades - ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria

First Aid - St John Ambulance, Australia
Go to this site first for First Aid.

Flying Doctor Service

Help Lines lists for all Australian States

Hospitals - Public & Private for all Australian States

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (free call)

Lifeline Australia
They provide 24-hour telephone counseling services with the national accessible number 13 11 14 for the
cost of local call. This is available through 42 Lifeline Centres across Australia.
They also offer face-to-face counselling services in many Lifeline Centres.
Types of services and counseling service themes vary from one centre to another based on the specific needs
of each regional or local area.
This service is aimed at those with mental health difficulties or friends, relatives, professionals, carers and
others who look after people with mental health difficulties.
They will provide them with relevant local services as well as recommended books and websites.
They also provide self-help informational kits on a range of mental health difficulties and counseling service themes.

Police - Australian Federal

Police - NSW, Queensland, Victoria [Separate Links]

Poisonous Marine Animals - Australia

Rape Crisis Centre - NSW

Snake Bites - Australia

Spider and Insect Bites - Australia

State Emergency Services - ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria.[Separate Links]

Violence Against Women Online resources

Violence Against Women Specialist Unit Contact Details [NSW]
Australia-Says-No Confidential Helpline 1800 200 526



Aborigines and the Law - [Legal Education Teachers Association of South Australia]
Links to the National Native Title Tribunal, Reconciliation and Social Justice Library,
Aboriginal Law and Legislation and ATSIC.

Aboriginal Australian Links - State library of NSW.

Aboriginal Children and the State - Canada and Australia: A Guide to Web Resources

Apology Australia - Now in the Pandora archive at the National Library of Australia.
Add your name to the list. Links to 33 websites.

Australian Declaration Towards Reconciliation - Speech [AustralianPolitics.com.au]
Presented at Corroboree 2000, Sydney Opera House 27 May 2000.

Bringing them Home
The full Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families.

Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Archive
Australasian Legal Information Institute - A joint facility of UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law

History - Aboriginal Australians - [Trinity College, W.A.]

History of the City of Sydney - Indigenous
Barani contains the history, life stories and images of many Indigenous men and women who have made great contributions
to their people and their country. The story of Aboriginal Sydney could not be told without recognising their achievements.

Indigenous Arts, Culture and Heritage - Australian Government
Links to over 140 websites.

Indigenous Resources on the Web
Institute of Aboriginal Studies and Research - A partnership between the State Library of New South Wales and
Macquarie University.

Message Stick Online - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Online [ABC]

Origin and History - Overview


Stolen Generations: Essay by Robert Manne.
Robert Manne is a prominent Australian political writer. He is currently Associate Professor of Politics at
La Trobe University, Melbourne. For some time he was editor of a leading Australian conservative journal, Quadrant.



Amphibian Conservation Alliance
Amphibians are a group of animals that includes: frogs, lizards and snakes.

Australian Fauna



Birds - Canberra area, other Australian Links [separate links]

Bird Sites from around the World

Breeds of Livestock - [Department of Animal Science - Oklahoma State University]
Cattle, Goats, Horses, Sheep, Swine, Other [Buffalo, Camels, Donkeys, Llamas, Reinndeers, Yaks and Poultry ]

Caterpillars of Australian Butterflies and Moths

Cat Species - Alphabetical list

Cats - Wild Species of the World, see also Big cats Online

Corals and Coral Reefs - An Introduction

Coral Reef Ecology Home Page - In depth information

Dinosaurs - "Walking with Dinosaurs" [ABC Series]
An A to Z fact file on Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs -"World before Time"

Dolphins - [Scholastic]

Fishes of the World - Australian Museum Fish site

Horses in History - [Melinda Maidens]

Insects [CSIRO Entomology]

Insects on WWW


Mammals of the World Online - By Ronald M. Nowak
Walker's Mammals of the World Online is the first such work on mammals published as a searchable,
full-text, online resource; it has over 2000 images, and includes over 150,000 embedded internal hypertextual
links. Navigational and contextualizing enhancements make the online version far more useful than the print reference work.

Pond Life - links to Australian info sites

Primates [Dennis O'Neil, Behavioral Sciences Department, Palomar College, USA]
The Taxonomy and General Characteristics of Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Humans
and related web links

Reptiles of the World [Herpsearch]

Snake Bites - Australia

Spider and Insect Bites - Australia

Spiders [Australian Museum online]

Snakes - Australia


World Wildlife Fund
Involved in saving endangered species and the wild places so vital to our planet's health and survival.



Explore 125,000 Great Wortks of Art, Art Histories, visit Art Museums world wide and more.

Ceramics: Art and Perception
Ceramics: Art and Perception aims to set the standard as a dedicated magazine on ceramic art. It contains substantial articles
and regular features on a broad range of ceramics related subjects with excellent colour photographs throughout.

Cleaning your Camera Sensor - Peter marshall and Petteri Sulonen

Colour Palette Creator - [slayeroffice.com]
This is a very clever online tool for creating colour palettes. Probably works better if you have a broadband connection.

Color Wheel Pro
A unique software program that allows you to see color theory in action.
With Color Wheel Pro, you can create harmonious color schemes and preview them on real-world examples.

Digital Camera Resource - Reviews on digital cameras

Digital Photography Review - The latest in digital photography and imaging news.

Digital-Picture.com - If you are keen on Canon digital cameras then this site is for you. In depth reviews, tips and photo gallery.

Fractal Images
Fractals of the Fantastic shows high resolution examples of how mathematics can create beautiful art.
See also the Spanky Fractal Database for more info and links.

This site is designed to assist both amateur and professional phographers alike. Tips, articles, online photos, forums and
newsfeeds, this site has the lot. Some of the content here is for paid subscribers only.

Google Image Search
Type in what you want and instantly up comes thumbnails of images, more or less answering
your description, with links to the originating sites. An extremely valuable resource.

Ken Rockwell - Articles on "How to do anything Photographic" by an extremely experienced Photographer.

Learn the basics and more about taking film and digital photographs.

Lets go Digital - All about digital cameras. Huge number of reviews, compare cameras.

Photo.net - Lessons in Photography.

Max Dupain photos online
Max Dupain, photographer, spent a lifetime capturing images on film with the passion of mind, body and soul.
His dramatic observations of his surroundings and his friends are honest and forthright. His exhibition images
have become well known and the chronology of his life and work.

Online mag for those interested in digital cameras. Reviews, news, Articles and Photo gallery.
Very impressive site.

New York Institute of Photography
This site has tons of info and photos for those wanting to learn more about photography.
Check the free online magazine featuring photo contests, “how to” articles on black and white film,
color slides, digital imaging and more.

The mission of Photoblogs.org is to connect the audience to the photoblog, and to help the photoblogging community grow and
evolve. This site started in 2002 as a simple list of 15 photoblogs and has evolved into a site with over 5,000 links to other sites.
Photoblogs.org has been mentioned in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and slate.msn.com.
Photoblogs.org hopes to provide a more of a positive community experience for photo lovers and voyeurs alike..
Their plan is to continue to listen to users and build this site based on their feedback.

This new Digital Photography-only meta search engine is designed to cut through all of the Internet clutter and return only
relevant digital photography-related search results.

Online photographer portfolios and stock photography catalog for photo buyers and professional photographers who specialize
in nature, wildlife, travel, adventure and sports photography. Their online photo portfolios and galleries offer a unique blend of
elegant presentation, ease of use and utility. View some beautiful photos.

Steve's Digicams -Very comprehensive camera and printer reviews

Street Art - Download, Peel and Stick, and All the World's a Gallery [Samantha Storey - New York Times]
Overview of the use of Street Stickers with links to other sites on street art, posters, stickers and skate board stickers.

Technical Image Press Association [TIPA]
Highly professional organization, gives out awards for the best cameras, links to the top
photography magazines around the world and more.

Windsor & Newton Website
This is THE comprehensive resource on Drawing and Painting from the famous manufacturer of Art Materials.



You may apply for an ABN or a Tax file Number for Australia

Australian Securities and Investment Commission free name search from the National Names Index.

Australia Post

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) is the Australian Government agency that helps Australian companies win
overseas business for their products and services by reducing the time, cost and risk involved in selecting, entering and
developing international markets.
Austrade offers practical advice, market intelligence and ongoing support (including financial) to Australian businesses
looking to develop international markets. Austrade also provides advice and guidance on overseas investment and joint
venture opportunities, and helps put Australian businesses in contact with potential overseas investors.

Business Entry Point
Need information on starting or running a business, then this government site is the place to start.

IP Australia
Search and apply for an Australian Trademark

Postcodes - Sensis White Pages

Now includes Australia's White Pages, Yellow Pages,CitySearch, Where is and Trading Post.

Small Business Website [NSW Govt], [S.A. Govt], [Vic. Govt], [W.A. Govt] [Separate links]

Women in Small Business Information Site



Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Tariff Database
The easy way to find tariff information for the APEC member economies. Tariff codes, schedules, concessions, prohibitions,
and much more is just a click away. Absolutely essential for exporters. Requires free registration for access.

Australian Financial Review
Get the latest financial news.

Australian Stock Exchange
Find out about the Australian share market, company research and charts, market statistics, floats and
investor education.

Baycorp Advantage - is the largest and most sophisticated single source of data-based business intelligence in the
Asia-Pacific Region. Used by businesses to obtain credit references.
Has a Free service to individuals who wish to check their own credit history.

BigCharts.com - For those that use Stockmarket and Currency price charts this is a brilliant site.
Create your own charts to different degrees of sensitivities: dailies, weeklies, monthlies over different time periods.

World financial news and commentory; stockmarket data, news,charts and analysis, online radio and TV.

Business Mum's Network - Members of the Network are mostly mothers, or mothers-to-be, although other women are able
to join. For mums with a desire to start a business, this Victorian site also provides ideas and feedback on potential
business ideas and start up procedures.

Business Marketing- [Jay Abrahams]
Free articles and tips on many aspects of business marketing from experts in the field.
This section of his website currently being reconstructed, but worth the wait.

"The ClickZ Network is the largest resource of interactive marketing news, information, commentary, advice, opinion, research,
and reference in the world, online or off-. From search to e-mail, technology to trends, our coverage is expert, exclusive, and
in-depth. Our mission: to help interactive marketers do their jobs better."

Commodity and Stockmarket Commmentary - FullerMoney.com - [David Fuller [UK]]
David Fuller is a highly reputable market analyst and has been involved in this area for over 35 years. He is one of the pioneers
of using Technical Analysis to predict trends in various markets. You can sign up to a Free daily newsletter or read it online.
There is always interesting links to charts and topical articles on other sites.

Currency Converter - Oz Forex
Includes short term and long term charts [to 10 years].

Entrepeneur Business Centre
If you are in business or starting up a business the EBC has profiles on many different types of businesses,

including profitability figures.

Financial Times [Defaults to Asia]
This iconic UK based finance journal has four versions Asia, UK, Europe, USA.
It still has its famous Lex Column, which seems to have expanded somewhat over the last 30 years or so.

This world famous finance journal has different versions for the USA, Europe and Asia.

Fuller Money Newsletter - David Fuller is a highly respected Stock, Commodity and Currency market analyst from
the UK.
His newsletters have been widely read for over 30 years. Specialises in Technical Analysis [Charts]. Daily newsletter,
free and paid versions with contributions from other writers as well. Great stuff.

Search content, not site listings. GoArticles is an articles search engine and directory with a database of over 21,000 articles
in more than 70 topical categories. Over 100 new articles added daily. All articles are freely reprintable and may be used in
newsletters, print publications and on websites, subject to the terms outlined on the site.

Home Based Business Manual [Australia]

An independent site covering many aspects of home business and small business [since 2000].

Investopedia.com [USA]
Despite being an American site there is a lot of very useful information for the financially confused.
There is a Finance Dictionary where definitions are listed under 10 subject headings. There are tutorials on
over 50 finance and investment subjects as well as various articles and calculators. Very comprehensive.

Aims to provide independent thinking individuals with financial intelligence designed to uncover profitable opportunities
overlooked by most investors. Links to Financial headlines in other publications.
Authors: John Mauldin and Gary D. Halbert. USA based. Free newsletter.

Legal Explanations from A to Z in plain English

Microsoft Small Business Centre [Australia]
Surprisingly all sorts of tips and advice on a variety of subjects relevant to small business.
Not just about software and computers. They even spelled "Centre" the Australian way.

Owned by eBay, the online auction house, PayPal allows users to send and receive money from overseas using credit cards
for each transaction. Great for the smaller businesses who do not want to use EFTPOS.

Privateer - Scroll down to the New York Dow semi-log weekly and monthly long term charts for a much better
historical perpective on how this bell-weather index is moving. If the US market gets a cold we catch the flu.
A break below the 10,000 support level will see a lot of sick investors. [June 29th, 2006]

For each postcode in Melbourne; Central Coast, Wollongong, Sydney and the Blue Mountains; Brisbane metropolitan area
includes the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast find real estate annual growth info,
median values and rents for last quarter, number of sales in last quarter together with other information,
articles and statistics, as well as a free newsletter.

North American stock market, commodity market charts and Technical Analysis

Be informed about the different mortgage types, current rates, up to date Real Estate news.
Read the articles, use the Loan calculators and peruse the Home Price Guide.



Australian Business Limited is an independent member-based company, founded originally in 1885.
Since that time they haveworked with thousands of businesses, from owner-operators to large corporates
to connect them with the information, people and advice they need to make sound business decisions
ABL has over 5000 member companies with offices in Sydney, Canberra and regional NSW.

Australian Chamber of Commerce [includes links to State and Local Chambers of Commerce]

AussieLegal claim they are Australia's leading consumer legal information and law firm referral service.
AussieLegal’s aim is to make plain English legal information available to you and all Australians, and give
you easy access to law firms experienced in whatever area of law you may need.

They have a Free
Find-a-lawyer service, where you can a select number of Free legal Kits or obtain free
information on a wide range of legal topics.

Australia Indonesia Business Council
The AIBC promotes the interests of its members in trade and business between Australia and Indonesia.This website enables
their members to share up to date information and resources on business, as well as networking functions around Australia.

Business Angels
Business Angels Pty. Ltd. provides a central register where both private investors and businesses find each
other. The needs of the business are matched with the private investors' criteria.

Business Council of Australia
The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives of leading Australian corporations
with a combined national work force of almost one million people. It was established in 1983 to provide a
forum for Australian business leadership to contribute directly to public policy debates in order to build a
better and more prosperous Australian society.

Find Mortgage Finance and all other types of finance for any worthwhile purpose .
For Personal or Business finance go first to First Community Finance.



ACTU Worksite for Schools
Concerns the activities and use of Work Unions in Australia.

Aussie SchoolHouse - Schools on the Web
Aussie SchoolHouse is a project owned and managed by the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE).
Under this umbrella, ACCE works cooperatively with partners to foster web-based projects and provides educational leaders
with resources and support to manage their own projects.
Aussie SchoolHouse provides free web space for teachers - for classroom and professional personal use. It also provides web
space for professional associations exploring database-driven web sites or those hosting special purpose projects.

Babies' Names for little Aussies also from NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Beyond...the Black Stump - Is an Australian multi-faceted online resource.
Includes assistance for Students doing Homework with links to sites on different aspects of Australiana. Excellent site.

Children's Activities Online from Scholastic

Cool4Kids.com - Kids and Teens Open Directory Project

Cybersmartkids.com.au - The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA)
The Internet is both a terrific resource and a potential risk for kids. Being cybersmart means being safe and aware online.
This site will help you and your family to find out how to be cybersmart and use the Internet safely.

Dann's Dinosaurs - Australian Dinosaurs online resource

The aim of this West Australian government site is:
1. To create a site befitting the youth Internet culture,
2. To ensure that the style and content of the entry pages were relevant to their needs and in their language,
a site they can relate to - and in time, to bring all information accessed from the site in-line with this approach,

3. A single, virtual window interfacing the data and databases of a variety of government agencies, and non-government agencies
4. All with the objective of providing youth with quality information and eventually online services, from a single government source.

English as a Second Language - [P.L.Duffy resource Centre, Trinity College, WA]

Essays and Book Reports
Top 25 sites to free essays and book reports [rated by students] - [FreeEssays.com]

Fables Online
A large collection of Aesop's and other children's fables and stories online.

Global Warming Kids' Site

Grassroots EmpowerMent (GEM)
GEM is an international university-based organization, which has its headquarters in Sydney, Australia. GEM’s founders believe
young people, particularly university students, to be ideally placed to establish community service projects in their local area, so
they assist by empowering youths to make a difference.GEM’s role is to train and support the projects, not establish and run
them. GEM can provide funding, project management and IT support, webspace, training, links to other organizations and a
network of like minded and experienced people.

Covers High School History with links to High School articles on English and American Politics

Home Schooling
If you have children and are in to Home Schooling or just want to help them learn, then this site is for you.
Over 15.3 million visitors to this site.

Human body - A look inside

Internet Safety Issues - NetAlert.net.au - [Australian Government and NineMSN]
Providing practical advice on Internet safety, parental control and Internet filters for the protection of children, students and
Whether you are wishing to learn about the potential dangers for children online or are looking for a solution to a
problem already encountered, NetAlert can assist.

A comprehensive resource for families with children.

Kidsnet.au is a searchable database designed specifically for kids of more than 30,000 sites under 15 subject headings.
Also contains an English dictionary and a thesaurus. Author Nathan Rose.

Maths Dictionary for Kids.

Party Guide for Children - PartyOz.com.au

This blatently commercial site is aimed at subjugating young female minds with fun, colour, music and games.
Great for the under 6's, but feminist mums will hate it.

Pond Life - [Kid's Ark, UK]

Public Schools Online - NSW

School Aid is a simple means for school students to respond to human suffering and tragedy in the world
as a collective, regardless of where they live and what school they attend.

Social Studies for Kids [USA site]
This site is a resource for students, teachers, and anyone else who wants to learn about Social Studies.
and covers history, geography, economics, cultures, current events, holidays, religions, languages, archaeology,
and much more! Includes fun activities, glossaries, time lines, articles, newsletters and an online forum.

Caters for both girls and boys from the age of 6 years. Learn all about nature, sing songs, go on fun trips,
make crafts, learn skills, play games and even do some cooking! Builds confidence and social skills.
Why don't you look them up, they probably have weekly meetings in a suburb near you.

Study Guides - "Study Guides and Strategies" [Joe Landsberger] and "Study Strategies" [University of Minnesota]
and "Study Skills Self-help Information" [Virginia Polytechnical Institute and University].

Swim and Survive - RoyalLifeSaving.com.au
A major resource on water safety for children and adults. Includes games, online activities, links to simming schools
by state and more.

Sydney's/Adelaide's/ Melbourne's/Canberra's/Brisbane's Child Magazines
This magazine can be picked up free from many of the public facilities or children's shops in the above cities.
It is published monthly and can be subscribed to as well. Has a reputation for publishing excellent articles on
issues concerning parents and young children. Includes many other worthwhile features as well.
Always a good read. Check out their Events Calender.

Teaching Resource - Oz ESL Online
Covers Quizzes & Grammar, Lesson Ideas, Research Sites, Good posture, interesting Sites, Email & Chat Sites
Hints on Using the Net, Australian Culture & Society



ACYS - Australian Links and Networks in the youth field

Australian Federation of Child Care Associations
This is the Peak Body representing Private Child Care Services nationally with strong membership in all
states and the ACT for more than 25 years

Comprehensive information about pregnancy and babies. Even has a calculator for the probable birth date.

Baby Development - HealthInsite.gov.au
A series of articles on baby and childhood development.

Brain Development Teenagers - "A Mind of their Own" by Deborah Smith - Article SMH November, 2004.
Scientists have been surprised to find that adolescence is a time of rapid change for the brain. And the parts that make young
people more likely to plan ahead and consider the consequences of their actions are among the last to develop properly,
in the early 20s. Link to abstract of original study. Link to supporting movies of actual brain scans.

Child Health [healthinsite.gov.au]
From before birth through to young adulthood there are a range of health issues that affect our children.
The Child Health topic articles cover many of those issues, from general childhood illnesses to accidents
and injuries and particular stages of life, such as teenage independence.

Child Health - Kids' and Teens' Health Centre - [From the myDr team]

Children's Cancer Institute Australia

Children's Footcare and Footwear [Garry Abeshouse]
This article
has been carefully researched and collated over a period of over 20 years of first hand
experience fitting children's footwear. It covers many of the more important areas of concern associated
with the care and health of children's feet, together with the choice of appropriate footwear.

FrontYard Youth Services - Melbourne
FrontYard is a one-stop shop of FREE Services -for young people aged between 12 - 25.

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (free call)

OEA Youth Services
Work and vocational training advice for young adults in Australia.

TOUGHLOVE® International is a nonprofit, self-help organization that provides ongoing education and
active support to families, empowering parents and young people to accept responsibility for their actions.
Their support network in many countries, including Australia, strives to make communities safe places to live.

They believe that drug and alcohol abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, suicide, family dissolution,
school dropouts, and runaways are problems created and maintained by the culture in which we all live.
It is their goal to change the conditions of the culture by empowering people through TOUGHLOVE
community-based self-help programs.

If you feel you need for this type of assistance there are contact phone numbers on the site.
Go to Support Groups > Australia.

Waverley Youth Services [WAYS]
Based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney WAYS provides a comprehensive array of services

Wollongong Youth Services

Youth Action & Policy Association NSW (YAPA)
YAPA strives to achieve social justice for young people, including the appropriate provision of services for
the young people of NSW.

Youth Depression - Ybblue Website [A national project by Toowooba Private Hospital]
Ybblue's all about getting the message out there that it's okay to talk about depression, and to encourage young people and
their family and friends to get help when it's needed.The aim has been to expand the focus of the campaign from suicide to
youth depression awareness and prevention as a whole and to involve young people in all it does.



This is an on-line interactive forum for information and inspiration about social change. The website has
information on events, groups, how to be active and alternative news for each of the main capital cities in
Australia as well as Wollonggong. A clever electronic calendar forms the central piece of the site, allowing
anyone to add upcoming events. Very 1960's. Be involved.

Aged and Community Services Australia
ACSA is Australia's leading peak body representing 1,400 not for profit church, charitable and community organisations
that provide residential and community care services to older Australians.


Australian Citizenship Website

Benevolent Society in Australia
Their core programs focus on aging, children, women's health and social leadership.


Life Education NSW
Life Education NSW is a registered charity that provides drug education to both children and adults.
Their mission is excellence in drug education, especially for young people. Life Education undertakes this
mission in partnership with schools, families, local communities and other education and health agencies.

Palliative Care Australia
Palliative Care Australia is the national peak body for palliative care in Australia. Their goal is to work
toward the relief of pain and suffering of dying people in Australia and the provision of the care they need.

Probus - South Pacific
Probus is an association of retired and semi-retired people who join together in clubs, the basic purpose
of which is to provide regular opportunities for them to keep their minds active, expand their interests and
to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.

Rotary in Australia - Over 100 years of community service in 31,000 different Rotary Clubs around the world.

Salvation Army in Australia
The Salvation Army's national network of around 260 community service centres provides practical
emergency assistance for families and individuals facing financial pressure:
1. Assistance with food, clothing, household items, bills, and toys at Christmas
2. Financial, material and legal aid for migrants and ethnic communities
3. Homework and breakfast clubs also provided at some Salvation Army Corps.
Every day, 1,300 people receive family welfare, material aid and other assistance.
The Salvation Army meets more than 520,000 requests for assistance each year.

Smith Family
The Smith Family is an independent, non-religious, non-political not-for-profit organisation that has been
helping disadvantaged Australians since 1922.

St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia
Members of the Society visit people in their homes to provide support, friendship and material assistance.
This practice is known as home visitation, and is carried out by local St Vincent de Paul Society conferences.
Conferences are typically Parish or school based groups of people who respond to calls for assistance from
people in the local community and work closely with the Society's Centres of Charity, or 'Opportunity Shops'.

People who are being assisted by conference members are often provided with furniture, clothing and
household goods free of charge through the Society's Centres of Charity. Centres also offer affordable
clothing and goods to the wider community. The profit from the sale of stock from the Centres is used to
provide resources and support
to people in need. The Society has also developed many Special Works that include hostels for the
homeless, facilities for the aged and assistance for families in need. Please see the Services page for
further information.

Social Ventures Australia (SVA), Australia’s first venture philanthropy organisation, was established in 2002 by the
Benevolent Society, The Smith Family, WorkVentures and AMP Foundation.
Its aim is to integrate the Australian public,
corporate and social sectors to create entrepreneurial, innovative and results-driven solutions to Australia’s social problems.

Women's Electoral Lobby [Australia]
"WEL Australia is a national independent political organisation dedicated to creating a society where
women's participation and potential are unrestricted, acknowledged and respected and where women
and men share equally in society's responsibilities and rewards." Articles, links and other info.



"AID/WATCH is a not for profit activist organisation monitoring and campaigning on Australian overseas aid and trade
policies and programs. We work to ensure aid-funding reaches the right people, communities and their environments."

Doctors without Borders
Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders or MSF) delivers emergency aid to
victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health
care due to social or geographical isolation.
MSF is an organization based on volunteerism. In helping to relieve the suffering of others, the MSF
volunteer not only gives freely of his or her humanity, but creates a link of solidarity from his or her own
community to a population in need. Donate here to help the refugees in Sudan.

International Red Cross

Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3000 partners in more than 100 countries
to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. With many of the causes of poverty global in nature, the 12 affiliate
members of Oxfam International believe they can achieve greater impact through their collective efforts.

UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund. Set up in 1946, it was originally called the United Nations International Children's
Emergency Fund.

WorldVision helps transform the lives of the world's poorest children and families in nearly 100 countries, including the
United States. They extend assistance to all people, regardless of their religious beliefs, gender, race, or ethnic background.



Diagnostic and System ID Software "Sandra" - SiSoftware

SiSoftware is known as a world leader in the PC Benchmarking / reporting arena. Over 8 years of development has gone into
producing this independent diagnostics tool - "Sandra". It allows retailers, home enthusiasts and field professionals to gain
additional insight into their computer’s internals and compare and contrast its components with others. This software identifies
potential problems rather than actually correcting them. [P]

Diskeeper Lite Freeware
Diskeeper Lite is a disk defragmenter product. The full Diskeeper product is widely regarded to be one of
the best solutions for automated and reliable disk defragmentation - the Lite version uses the same
advanced technology. The main differences are that it has to be started manually and can only work on the
hard disk it is installed on. If all you need is a top quality tool for manual defragmentation, then this free
version is a great choice. Personally I think it leaves the Norton Systemworks one for dead.Use every few days.[P]

Microsoft Downloads and Updates
Go to this site to check on Windows and Office updates, new Service Packs and driver updates for your hardware.
Warning on installing SP2 for Windows XP: Be aware that after installing this update some programs may cease to work.
Older Microsoft programs especially, eg. Picture It 2002. Also other programs may need reinstalling.[P]

Microsoft Windows Installer CleanUp Utility - is provided "as is" to help resolve installation problems for programs
that use Microsoft Windows Installer. It supposedly deletes leftover bits and pieces from earlier installations.
Warning: Do NOT use this utility as it can have undesirable consequences on many different programs.

Sysinternals Freeware - The Sysinternals web site provides you with advanced utilities, technical information, and source
code related to Windows NT/2000/XP/2K3 and Windows 9x, Windows Me internals that you won't find anywhere else.
Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell alone write and update everything here. For the computer literate only.
Highly recommended by the Brian Livingston Windows Secrets Newsletter [see below].

Tune Up Utilities
Anyone using Microsoft Windows on a computer needs utility software to manage adverse changes to the
operating system and software files during day to day usage. These changes can dramatically affect the
way software programs operate on the computer. Many of these utility programs claim to do all sorts of
things but few deliver safely. This Award Winning German software appears to be one exception.
TuneUp Utilities® 2005 optimizes the performance of your computer, corrects problems and helps you to
customize your system to suit your needs. Not unlike Nortons Systemworks, it does a similar job and
includes a "One Click" maintenance check.
Note: Personally I have used this program for over a year now and have found it far superior to Systemworks.
I do a "1-Click Maintenance" each night before I go to bed. Absolutely essential.
I am not aware of any other program that does a similar job so well. Same with "Diskeeper Lite" [P]

RegistryFix - will scan your system registry and hard drive for invalid file and system references.
These invalid references cause system instability, PC errors, constant crashes, and general system slowdowns.
Complements TuneUp Utilities by scanning using different parameters.[P]
Many other similar programs can be quite dangerous to use and cause more problems than they solve.


Please note that younger children may need adult supervision when browsing some of the computer game sites listed below.
As most of these sites include games of all genres parents should always monitor the content of the games being played,
watched or downloaded. Some mature content.

Anarcade Videogame Directory - The Video game Search Engine

"Big Fish Games is one of the most popular sites for free game downloads and online games on the Internet. We have a wide
variety of puzzles and puzzle games, mahjong games (also known as mah jong or mahjongg), action games,card games,
jigsaw puzzles, arcade games, word games and more free downloads".

Gaming the way you remember it. Links, News, Articles and Forums on the most popular video games, particularly those
that have been around a while.

Everything concerning computer games, over 300,000 gaming related files.

Not a bad site to start for info on computer games on all platforms.


The online source for video game trailers.

SimsCity and Sims - The most popular computer games in the world.
These games create simulated environments, while other games destroy them. See also TheSimsResource.com



Brian Livingstone Windows Secrets Newsletter - is a twice-monthly e-mail publication that reveals to you essential tricks
of running Microsoft Windows. Free and paid versions. Well researched advice, highly respected.

Arguably one of the most popular computer sites in the world.
Specializes in product reviews and Free software downloads.

Computer Terms Dictionary - FOLDOC

Computer Terms Dictionary - PCwebopedia

Computers - Health Advice for Humans - Exercises - [StretchNow.com.au]
Online exercises with photos for the Eyes, Neck, Shoulders, Hands and Back.

Computers - Health Advice for Humans - Posture and R.S.I. -1
Courtesy of Paul Marxhausen, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Computers - Health Advice for Humans - Posture and R.S.I. - 2
Courtesy of Ellen Serber & Daniel Will-Harris from MyDailyYoga.com

Contains a list of sites where different sorts of Open Source Freeware may be dowloaded.

Excel Spreadsheet Resource from John Walkenbach
Excel tips and software Add-ins from a spreadsheet expert of about 30 books and 300 articles and reviews for magazines.

Graphic Design - Serendipity Designs - Shoshana
This site put together by a very modest and creative lady appears to have a lot to offer those who are interested in Graphic
Design.Downloads and links to free fonts, icons and tutorials.

Green PC's are recycled personal computers that are refurbished and repackaged into usable Internet ready computers and then
made available to low-income communities, individuals and community organisations. The only qualification for an individual or
family to have access to a Green PC computer is that they be holders of current Health Care Cards or are able to verify their low
income status in some other way.

This web site can verify that your web browser is capable of running Java applets in web pages. If your browser is capable, then
you can also use this site to see which version of the Java run time environment (JVM) your web browser is using, something that
is much harder to do than it should be. There can be multiple JVMs installed in a single operating system instance.
If your computer has more than one web browser installed, each web browser can use a different JVM.
This test is also useful for some internet browser malfunctions. Links to other types of testers as well, eg ActivX and Pop-Ups.

NetSpots Online Directory
Find a public internet access location near you.
The Directory lists both free and charged access facilities and contains specific information for each location.

PC Authority Magazine online
Read the latest news, reviews and articles on computers from this highly professional Australian site.

Small Business Technology Updates

Top Ten Reviews - "Provides a central location for free up-to-date, quality product reviews and additional resources to help the
average consumer make educated buying decisions. Our motto: We do the research so you don’t have to™"
Excellent site.

Tucows was the first to provide software on a "freeware" or "shareware" basis.They currently host more than 40,000 software titles
(all tested, rated and reviewed by their own editorial staff of software experts) through our international network of more than 1,000
partner sites. These sites provide users with fast, local downloads. A useful guide is to look for software programs that are rated
at least 4 or 5 cows as well as comparing how many downloads there have been for particular programs.

Web Watch Online - ABC News Radio
An ongoing list of interesting and informative websites, with links, updated weekly. Top marks.

Windows XP Encylopaedia - ElderGeek.com - This online resource has an excellent A to Z Encyclopaedia on using
Windows XP. Just click on a letter at the top of the home page relevent to what your search.

Writely.com - Writely allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish and blog them online.
Use of this service is currently free [as at December, 2005]

Reviews and Downloads on everything concerning computers



Through their support service this company often comes across problems caused primarily by programs
running in the background, programs which in most cases start at the same time as Windows.
Sometimes these programs are useful and need to be there; quite often, however, they are not needed,
and in too many cases they cause severe problems, and this includes some Microsoft "Services" !
The pages displayed here, on their A to Z Task List, are from their in-house database and provide guidance
on the usefulness or not of these programs and services, as well as removal procedures when recommended.

Free Access To Over 500 Standard Online Courses on commonly used software programs. Researchs,
reviews, and indexes thousands of courses listed on the web and chooses the best and creates links to
these sites.Requires free registration to Newsletter and payment is required for access to another 500 or
more tutorials for more advanced learning.


Keyboard Cleaning Tips - Step-By-Step: Keep a Clean Keyboard, courtesy of PCWorld.com.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows XP - Microsoft Support.

Microsoft Office Online
Straight from the source - assistance, training, templates, clip art and media, updates, downloads and more.

Microsoft Office Online - Templates section. I have given this one a second link due to the usefullness of the offerings.
The templates offered don't all require the latest version of Office either.
Depending on the template there is support for Office 97 in some cases.

Monitors - If you want a high resolution monitor and have enough real estate on your desk, go for the Samsung 19 inch CRT
monitor rather than a trendy LCD one. You won't regret it. [P]

Outlook Express V5.0+ [Inside Outlook Express - Tom Koch]
This is a source of technical information, help and tips for users of Microsoft Outlook Express® for Windows, versions 5+.
All articles are valid for all these versions unless otherwise stated.
Very comprehensive.

OpenOffice Resources
This European site contains links to other sites to assist Open Office users.
Note that Star Office is the paid version of Open Office. Both packages are not the same. but are very similar.

OpenOffice Tips: Writer, Calc and Impress

Password Protection - Windows XP/Mac OS - "Windows XP Professional includes an Encrypting File System feature that
will password-protect files and prevent them from being moved or copied; details on using the feature are
at support.microsoft.com/kb/307877/EN-US. Apple includes in Mac OS X an encryption protection feature called FileVault for
a user's entire home folder; an overview of FileVault can be found at www.apple.com/macosx/features/filevault.

If you use Windows XP Home Edition, you can add a level of protection to any sensitive file by moving it into a password
-protected compressed folder. Right-click on the desktop and select New Compressed Folder, then name and open the folder.

Find the file you want to protect and right-click to drag it into the compressed folder's window, while selecting the Move Here
option from the pop-up menu. Once you have the file in the compressed folder, go to File in the folder's menu bar and select
Add a Password. Once you have added a password, the file cannot be opened without it."

Courtesy of David Pogue, New York Times.

Peachpit.com - Tutorials on a variety of software programs.

Software Programming Advice - [Dr Dobbs Software Tools for the Professional Programmer].
Over twenty years of experience covering all languages, platforms, and tools. Their authors are professional software developers
that want to revise proposed standards, explore new technologies, argue over programming style, and share tricks of the trade.
They provide three levels of web site access from which you can choose.

There are currently over 4,000 Free Software Tutorials in over 400 categories on this site.

WindowsXP - How to Guides - [TweakXP.com]
This is your all in one resource for Windows XP. Tips, Tweaks, Downloads, Advice, Reviews and more.Highly respected.


Please note. Always seek professional advice before downloading software to check whether these
programs are both safe and compatible with your hardware, operating system and other installed software.
Note that many downloads, no matter who they are from may contain Spyware, eg Kazaa has over 70.
Totally Free software downloads [Freeware] usually can only be legally downloaded for personal or
educational use. Always check to see if there is a trial period, after which you have may have to pay.
Sometimes this fact can be difficult to find on the sourcing web site.
Beware of the many lesser known Windows and Registry utilities as they may do the opposite of what they
claim. Also some of the claims they may make about being recommended by various other specialty
websites could also be a bit dodgy and impossible to verify.

All care is taken when choosing the programs below. Most of the software programs listed below are pretty well
and respected to do the job for which they are intended. Most also have been around for quite a while.
But just the same, use them at your own risk. Remember computers and software can be very unpredictable
beasts, so compatibility and download problems are common.

I am personally using or have used successfully software marked [P].

ACT - Contact and Customer Relationship Manager software
In October, 2004 ACT V7.0 was released, 3 years in the making and completely re-written. Used by over 2 million people
worldwide, ACT is very well supported in Australia by a large network of dedicated consultants and user groups.

Compatible with accounting software and handhelds with many third party add-ons available, ACT is an extremely practical,
functional and well thought out CRM program to use. It can be highly customised by the user without the use of programming.
It is great value for about $300AUD. Customer Service number is 1800-675-617 (Free in Australia)

Read review in CRMToday. [P - V6.0]
Go to Exponenciel.com for some Freeware Add-Ons, Northwood for their Freebee of the month.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Freeware
This software allows you to read and print Adobe PDF files. This has now become a software standard
across the world. It is now possible to save files as PDF files in many of the newer versions of the Desktop
Office Software programs as well as Adobe Illustrator.
Download includes Adobe Photoshop® Album which
can be used for slide shows. NOTE: Before downloading the latest version of the Adobe Reader make sure
you uninstall earlier versions of the program and associated plug ins, otherwise it may not work properly.
Note: Version 7 opens a lot faster than earlier versions and Picassa 2 is better than the free version of
Photoshop Album. [P]

Adobe PDF IFilter PlugIn Freeware
Adobe® PDF IFilter is designed for those who wish to index Adobe PDF documents with Microsoft indexing clients.
This allows the user to easily search for text within Adobe PDF documents. Useful for Desktop Search Engines.

Amplify.com Freeware
Amplify, LLC, based in New York City, is a privately held company founded in 1999 by a team of passionate
Web users committed to giving people greater control of their online experience. The company’s initial
software release offers a new and easier way to find, collect, save and share the online content you care
about, so you can make the most of your online experience. The Amplify Community is a Blog for Amplify
users and non-users to share, discuss, collaborate and search for the content they’re Amp’d about.
Reviewed extremely favourably in the New York Times.

Avery Design Pro Freeware
This is the Australian version of Avery's labeling software. It includes templates and is excellent. [P]

BiTorrent Freeware - donations accepted - [Bram Cohen]
BitTorrent is a free program that makes film downloads faster and easier by breaking up large files into pieces, then allowing
users to "swarm" - exchanging small portions of of files with one another - until everyone has a complete set.
Also look at Bittornado.com. Not for novices.

CAD Freeware - eMachineShop
eMachineShop is the remarkable new way to get the custom parts you need - the first true online machine shop.
Download their free software, draw your part, and click to order - it's that easy! Your part will be machined and delivered.
Even better, your cost is lowered due to the Internet, software, and automated machines.

Copernic Desktop Search
"Easily search your entire hard drive in less than a second to pinpoint the right file, e-mail, music or pictures.
CDS brings the power of a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use search engine right to your PC and allows you instantly to search files,
e-mails, and email attachments stored anywhere on your PC hard drive. It executes sub-second searching of Microsoft Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint files, Acrobat PDFs, and all popular music, picture and video formats. CDS also searches your browser
history, favorites, and contacts." [P]

Email Validation - [CoverYourAsp.com - James Shaw]
This Free online service allows you to cut and paste any email address into the boxes provided to test whether the email
address in question is valid. Personally I was impressed with the trouble the author went to explain what he was doing, the fact
there were three different tests for validation and the accuracy of the results. [P]

This is webmail for light to heavy duty webmail users, with up to 2 Gb of storage. Australia based and inexpensive.

Gimp.org - GNU Image Manipulation Program - Freeware
Can't afford Photoshop? Then try GIMP. This is a freely distributed program [since 1996] can be used for such tasks as photo
retouching, image composition and image authoring. The latest has separate versions for Unix, Mac OS X and Windows
[NT 4, 2000 or XP recommended with at least 512MB but preferably 1GB RAM ]. "The GIMP for Windows is a two-stage
installation: first you should install the GTK+ Runtime Environment followed by the main GIMP Installer itself. Upon starting the
first time, the GIMP will take a few moments to configure and scan your system for fonts. Once completed you are ready to go."
Download page.
[Download info courtesy of PC Authority magazine, Dec., 2004].
Ghostscript and Viewer download [make sure you download the correct version for your Operating system] allows GIMP to read
a PostScript or PDF file and display the results on the screen or convert them into a form you can print on a non-PostScript
printer. Especially together with several popular previewers, with Ghostscript you can view or print an entire document or even
isolated pages, even if your computer doesn't have Display PostScript and your printer doesn't handle PostScript itself.
Note: Personally I could not get Ghostscript to function with GIMP on XP. I may have done something wrong????

GMail Drive [from Viksoe.dk] - This highly inovative program is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual file
system around your Google Gmail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium.
GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored
on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under
the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to.
Warning: Changes to GMail may make deactivate this program. Definitely though a sign of things to come.

Google Desktop Search Freeware
"Google Desktop Search is how our brains would work if we had photographic memories. It's a desktop search application that
provides full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed. By making your computer
searchable, Google Desktop Search puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually
organize your files, emails, and bookmarks." See SearchEngineWatch.com for a comprehensive review.
It's very scary how good and how quick GDS is in searching for words on your hard disk, and it does search the entire disk.

Google Toolbar Freeware
Google is THE search engine of choice and it very useful to download their toolbar onto your web browser.
Available for both Internet Explorer and Firefox. Have a look at the other services and downloads Google provides as well.
The toolbar may be set to stop pop-ups. Choose to search Australian sites only or the whole web.[P]

GuruNet Toolbar Freeware
"With GuruNet, searching doesn't require clicking on your browser... You can call up a reference simply by alt-clicking on any
word on your screen or by entering a search term in a toolbar that hides at the edge of your desktop... A window pops open with
basic information on the topic and choices for additional data. Unlike a search engine, GuruNet's 'answer engine' provides
information about more than 700,000 topics, rather than just links". A very useful tool to complement Google. Ignore prompts to
make a payment unless you want the paid version. Just close down the page and start using Gurunet.
See also GuruNet for Kids. Made in Israel.

Irfanview Freeware
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.
It tries to be simple to use for beginners and powerful for professionals.

JAlbum Freeware - Web Photo Album Generator
This software makes web albums of your digital images. JAlbum aims to be the easiest to use and most
powerful tool in this category - and free! JAlbum will process your images, make index pages and slide show
pages and even upload the final album to the Internet for your friends to see.
No extra software is needed to view the albums, just your web browser.

JetAudio Basic Freeware
JetAudio is integrated, multimedia software made of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various
music and video files, it also has features such as CD burning, recording, and conversion to other file
formats. You get the ability to create your own Internet broadcast by using JetCast, provided with JetAudio.
Play all major file formats, including WAV, MP3, MP3Pro, OGG, WMA, MPEG, AVI, WMV, MIDI, RM, and
video and audio CD tracks. Convert among audio file formats, and record analog audio to various formats.
The program features visualization plug-ins, including Sound2Vision; tag editing for MP3, OGG, and
WMA files; sound effects including wide, reverb, and x-bass; multichannel sound output; speed control of
audio playback; crossfading for a smooth transition between two songs; a skinnable user interface; and synchronized
lyrics display (karaoke) for MIDI and MP3 files. Supports Real Audio and Video and can replace Real Player.

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP - Freeware
PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released to manufacturing.
They add fun and functionality to the Windows experience.
LCD displays will benefit from using ClearType. This is a font smoothing system that Microsoft, borrowed from Apple and put
into Windows. It is disabled when you install Windows but it is worth checking out because it can make a significant difference

to the readability of LCD displays.

Mozilla Firefox Freeware - Internet Browser [Switch2Firefox.com]
Those who feel Microsoft's Internet Explorer is not satisfactory should have a look at this site, which explains
why you should change to Firefox. Download the latest versions of Firefox and runtime versions of Flash,
Shockwave and Java from this site as well.
Security adjustment courtesy of WindowsSecrets.com : "Click Tools, Options, Web Features, Advanced. Turn off the six
check boxes that allows scripts to do various things.
These features are script tricks most people never want or need.
Remember also to fully patch Windows, much of which is still dependent upon IE components." [P]

OpenOffice.org Freeware
Similar to and compatible with Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org is both an Open Source product and a
project. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications,
such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface
and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works
transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.
This is a highly respected product. PC Authority Magazine voted it the best of all the software Office suites.
Available in 25 languages with more being constantly added by the community. OpenOffice.org is stable
and runs natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for
FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion. Sponsored by Sun Microsystems Inc.
OOV2 recommended by Australia's PC Authority magazine as the Office software of choice.

Payroll Software - [Elitehosp.com]
Is cheaper than Quicken and MYOB and imports their files. FREE upgrades to new Tax Scales. Australian.

Phone from your computer with Firefly using VOIP [Voice Over Internet Protocol]
Freshtel is an Australian Internet communications company. Their
Firefly softphone software allows you to
call your friends and family who are also using Firefly for free, as well as by normal telephone.

Picasa2 Freeware - Free Google Download.
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Picasa also makes advanced
editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your
pictures – you can email, print at home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello™, and even put pictures on your own blog.

Skype Freeware - Allows you to speak to others, computer to computer anywhere in the world using a headset.
Software must be installed on each comunicating computer. [P]

TheSage's English Dictionary and Thesaurus Freeware - Courtesy of Princeton Universty, this is a professional
software package that integrates a complete dictionary and a multifaceted thesaurus of the English language into a
single and powerful language reference system. Very nice easy to use interface.

Has just about any calculation you might want to make between times and dates.

WinZip - Zip File Utility
The most popular compression utility for Windows, with more than 120 million downloads.
Quickly and easily zip and unzip files and folders. Easy-to-use AES encryption to protect your sensitive
data Flexible user interface: the intuitive WinZip Wizard for first-time users and the award-winning WinZip
Classic interface for power users. Free evaluation version for 21 days, but appears to last a lot longer.[P]

World Time Server
World Time Server provides the most accurate current local times of any world clock on the Internet.
It makes real time adjustments for Daylight Saving Time. No matter what time zone a country or city is
located in, this site provides your best resource for determining any time, anywhere.
Just add the above link to "Favorites" for your own world clock. [P]


COMPUTERS - PROTECTIVE SOFTWARE / FREEWARE - [This section last updated April 26th 2006].
Note on anti-spyware software: The newer versions of Spyblaster, SpywareGuard, Spybot Search and Destroy and
do similar jobs, but in different ways, actually complement each other and so should be used together. Personaly I currently
use all of the above as well as PC Tools' Spyware Doctor [see below]and find them compatable with each other.
Many other anti-spyware programs are themselves malicious in that they may put spyware on your computer, drown you with
ads, are sometimes impossible to uninstall and may make misleading claims as to their capabilities.
Spyware and Malware is now so sofisticated that the freebees alone are no longer good enough to guarantee protection from
these nasties. Now you really need to purchase an extra program to provide better protection.
Better but NOT perfect. Protection will probably NEVER be perfect.
See Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites and StopBadware.org for a lot more info on this subject.
and Spam - Combating and Filtering SPAM with Freeware.
and the USA Federal Trade Commission info site on Spam and Spyware.
Personally I refuse to use any software product with a "Norton's" label on it.
Do not use more than one Firewall or Antivirus program at a time.

Antivirus programs. The 3 free versions below appear to be the best of the Freebees. If you read the reviews it is difficult to pick
accurately which is the best. Most of the adverse reviews on AVG were of the previous version, so cannot be taken into account.
Most users appear to be content with the latest versions of these three programs. They do the job, so why pay for anything else.

AntiVir® Personal Edition Freeware
This German program offers effective protection against computer viruses for the individual and private
use on a single PC-workstation. Claims superiority over Nortons Anti-Virus in real world tests.
Manual update.

Avast Antivirus Home Edition Freeware
This German program offers effective protection against computer viruses for the individual and private
use on a single PC-workstation. Claims superiority over Nortons Anti-Virus in real world tests.

AVG Anti Virus Free Edition - [Grisoft.com]
This is a Czeck program, very comprehensive collection of features, auto update.
The most recommended free anti-virus software on the web and my personal choice.[P]

Used against email spam and viruses. T
he Death2Spam Mail Server is a third-generation Bayesian Internet email filtering service.
His servers provide a first line of defence for email, by filtering out the spam and viruses before they reach your computer.
This means that software like Nortons, Zone Alarm, AntiVir etc become your second line of defence for emails, so providing
even greater security and peace of mind.
Richard, a New Zealander, went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to speak at its annual 2004 Spam Conference
about Bayesian gateway servers, for which he is a world authority.

Bayesian mathematics is a branch of statistics dealing with probability. Bayesian filters look at the words or combinations of
words in emails and calculate the likelihood the entire message is spam. What really interests mathematicians is the way
Bayesian filters can be self-learning - the more spam or viruses they handle, the better they get.
Very highly recommended, particularly as a first line of defence against email viruses and Trojans.
This is even more important than cutting back spam. Costs about $45 AUD a year at last look, and well worth it. [P]

IE-SPYAD Freeware
IE-SPYAD adds a long list of sites and domains associated with known advertisers, marketers, and crapware pushers to the
Restricted sites zone of Internet Explorer. Once you merge this list of sites and domains into the Registry, the web sites for
these companies will not be able to use cookies, ActiveX controls, Java applets, or scripting to compromise your privacy or
your PC while you surf the Net. Nor will they be able to use your browser to push unwanted pop-ups, cookies, or auto-installing
programs on your PC. I think this one is included when you install Spybot Search and Destroy.
Please note that IE-SPYAD is not an ad blocker. It will not block standard banner ads in Internet Explorer.

Shields Up - This service, provided by Steve Gibson of the Gibson Research Corp. examines a PC's network connection with
your permission, to determine whether or not it has "open ports" that can be exploited by hackers. Since the testing mechanism
needs to be outside your network in order to conduct such vulnerability assessments, Shields Up! provides a valuable service that
cannot easily be performed by software you install. Use this site to find out what your unique computer ID is.

Spybot Search & Destroy Freeware
Search your hard disk for so-called spybots or adbots, the modules that are responsible for showing ads and transmitting
information back to vendors. If Spybot Search and Destroy finds such modules, it will remove them or replace them with
empty dummies. Also acts like a Firewall for your System files, giving you a warning if a program is trying to change them.[P]

SpywareBlaster Freeware
Prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted pests.
Blocks spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
Restrict the actions of potentially dangerous sites in Internet Explorer. Compatible with Ad-Aware, use both.
SpywareBlaster can help keep your system spyware-free and secure, without interfering with the "good side"
of the web. Unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background.[P]

SpywareGuard Freeware
SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster's protection
Anti-virus programs scan files before you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected - SpywareGuard
does a similar thing, but for spyware! You can easily have an anti-virus program running alongside SpywareGuard. [P]

Spyware Doctor [PC Tools] - is a top-rated malware & spyware removal utility that detects, removes and protects your PC
from thousands of potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, spybots and tracking threats. Auto update included.
Currently about best of the bunch.[P]

Sunbelt-Kerio Personal Firewall Freeware
- I no longer recommend the free version as it has taken off web surfing

WinPatrol Freeware - Monitors vulnerable areas of your computer and will alert you to any changes.[P]

ZoneAlarm Firewall Feeware
The latest version of this firewall does everything for you and is very well regarded by the experts. [P]



AceFTP Freeware
AceFTP 3 Freeware is the easiest Free software available for uploading files to your website.
Its clean, uncluttered drag 'n' drop interface designed in a Windows XP fashion. It lets you transfer files
quickly and efficiently, navigating with ease between folders on website and computer. [P]

AceHTML Freeware
Powerful free HTML editor which comes fully-packed with outstanding features. Although completely free, its collection of
solid tools helps novices and professional webmasters build Web sites with speed, ease, and convenience.

Find out about Web Names, also known as Domain Names. Search for names. Find out who owns a registered name.
Choose from a list of 20 accredited Registrars if you want to register a name.

Cascading Style Sheets [CSS] - Online Tutorials [westciv.com]
CSS is considered to be the programming tool of choice for website designers.

Creative ideas for websites - Examples:
Australianinfront.com.au - A collaborative project space and launch pad to Australia's best online designers, artists,
companies and other design related web sites.Click on the kangaroo to enter.
Becauseofghosts.com - The website of a Melbourne band.
Feta.pl - Polish international Street and Open-Air Theatre Festival.
Non-Format.com - A showcase of very creative graphic design with links to other other creative looking websites.
PixelBreaker - This is the sort of site you get when you have software programmers with too much free time.
Psyop - Examples of very creative short promotional videos. Go to Archive then select a video. My favourite is "Bombay".
Qualityoflife-themovie.com - Great use of the curser to instigate animation in the introduction.
This is site was recommended as the best, fr-e-e website submission resource on the Web, bar none. The top 50 search
engines and directories are listed by Alexa ranking. The site also offers several excellent Online tools as well as lists of
Regional and General search engines.

Google Information for Webmasters - Simple practical advice on creating and maintaining websites from the Master.

Search Engine - Optimisation Tips - [HighRankings.com]

Search Engine - Optimisation Tips - [Microsoft]
This is a great site for those that need this information and normally very difficult to find.
Has great tips for amateur website builders like myself.

Search Engine - Submission Tips - [SearchEngineWatch.com]

StatCounter.com [Freeware]
For those with their own websites StatCounter provides basic web traffic statistics. All you have to do is register online and cut
and paste a small amount of HTML code onto your Home page. No software to download. If you are currently using the free
version of DeepMatrix Live Stats you will find that StatCounter will compliment this service, eg keyword analysis.
Go to "Register" to set up new account. Follow comprehensive online directions carefully. [P]

Usability.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Resources
"Your resource for designing usable, useful and accessable websites and user interfaces".
Includes a Dictionary of Terms and links to other resource pages. Very comprehensive, worth a look.

Website - Analysis articles for web site builders - [Netconversions.com]

Website - Construction articles and tutorials - [Macromedia]

Website - Design Advanced - [Web Page Design for Designers - since 1996]
The author, Joe Gillespie, created this site to help designers move from more traditional areas over to
Web Design. Well informed tips, articles and product reviews.

Website - Design Introduction - [Articles by OakWebWorks.com]

Website - Design Links - Andy Budd

Website - Marketing and Optimisation Articles - [WebProNews.com]

Xenu's Link Sleuth Freeware - [Author: Tilman Hausherr]
Finds and reports on broken links for each web page on the selected website. A brilliant piece of work.[P]
Interesting side issues on his website especially if you have reservations about Scientology.



Auction Sites in Australia - GraysOnline, - eBay
Let the buyer beware....... See also Ebay safety tips.

The AusBuy Guide is produced three times each year with millions in print to date and another 180,000 circulated annually.
The Guide lists Australian owned products and services and is distributed nationally to Ausbuy members, Coles Richies
and Woolworths supermarkets and newsagents.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [ACCC]
The ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, business and the community.
It also regulates national infrastructure services. Its primary responsibility is to ensure that individuals and businesses comply
with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.

Made by Australians to benefit Australia – that’s why we all support Australian made, because it creates jobs for our community
and our kids and provides a better future for our country. Download the official guide to find out what is Australian made and
who makes it. PDF file.

Beer's List - Potentially Inappropriate Medications for the Elderly
In the early 90s, Mark Beers, M.D., and several other U.S.A. specialists in geriatric drug therapy, developed
a list of medications that were inappropriate for nursing home residents. The list – now known as the Beers
List – was amended in 1997, and updated in 2003, and has become a well known tool for guiding doctors
away from prescribing medications that may be harmful when taken by older patients.

Choice.com.au - Australian Consumers' Association
This is not a freebee. To access the Choice archives guides to buying goods and services costs $14.95 for 3 months.
You may want to try your local public library to see if they are available to view there.

Find out about consumer rights when shopping, banking and finance, cars and bikes, food, shopping online
and more.

Credit Card Safety Tips - Visa , Choice Magazine

Debt Hotline - Consumer Credit Legal Centre (NSW) Inc
Credit and Debt Hotline: Phone 1800 808 488.
Financial counselling information, advice and referral available five days per week to consumer debtors.
Legal Advice, Fact sheets and Sample letters, Caseworker services, and information, multi lingual information.

Entertainment Book
The Entertainment™ Book is a restaurant and activity guide that provides special 25 to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from many of
the best restaurants, hotels and attractions throughout Australia & New Zealand. Entertainment™ Books are only available
through fund-raising groups, organisations and corporations as a member benefit or fund-raiser.
So support your local charity, school or whatever, save some money in the process and have a great time while doing it.

Food additives- Alphabetical list

Food Additives- Numerical List

"Hearing loss is becoming more common among a generation hooked on noise",
writes Ephraem Chifley - SMH Nov. 19th, 2004

"Mercury - Enough to make you sick" - Peta McGrath, SMH, November 25th 2004.

NSW Office of Fair Trading
Works to assist consumers in resolving a wide range of issues. In doing so, it also advises traders on fair and ethical practice,
registers businesses and promotes co-operatives, provides occupational licensing and maintains product safety and standards.

Petrol Discounting
"Independent petrol stations are the latest victims of supermarkets" - Miranda Devine [SMH] November 11th, 2004.
"With the Government and the ACCC unwilling to act, the only solution is for the public to vote with their wallets.
Support your local service station, butcher, baker, grocer, fruit shop and newsagent. Once they go, they'll never return."

Probiotic food claims - A warning on yoghurts [SMH article by Kirsty Needham, SMH, November 2004]

Scamwatch covers all sorts of scams from financial and investment scams such as pyramid schemes to miracle cures
and instant weight loss treatments. Scamwatch keeps a look out for new scams, rorts and rip offs - their latest
coverage includes some really professional new scams in property marketing, phonybank emails and spam.
Don't be fooled. If the deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. You are able to use the information on this site
to protect yourself from scammers and their tricks, and learn how to recognise scams from genuine offers.



Dictionary and Thesaurus - [Lexico Publishing group]
Just type in the words and out comes the answers from 11 American Dictionaries, and it's free.
Includes free toolbar downloads.

Dictionary - 'One Look' Dictionary Search
Over 6 million words in 970 English and other language Dictionaries, indexed. Just type in the word and out
comes the meanings from various dictionaries grouped under subject headings. If the spelling is wrong then
multiple suggestions are made.

Encarta Encyclopedia, Dictionary and World Atlas
Courtesy of Microsoft.


The Internet's premiere free encyclopedia, provides users with more than 57,000 frequently updated articles
from the Columbia Encyclopedia. Each article is enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles
as well as pictures and maps - all provided by eLibrary.
eLibrary is the comprehensive digital archive for information seekers of all ages. You can search across
13 million documents from full-text newspaper and magazine articles, television and radio transcripts,
international newswires, classic books, maps, photographs, as well as major works of literature, art and
reference books. You'll find both current and historical events within the diverse eLibrary archive.

A searchable and categorised directory of glossaries and topical dictionaries.
Very large number of searchable web links under 21 subject headings

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

TheSage's English Dictionary and Thesaurus Freeware - Courtesy of Princeton Universty, this is a professional
software package that integrates a complete dictionary and a multifaceted thesaurus of the English language into a
single and powerful language reference system. Very nice easy to use interface.

Wikipedia - This is the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.In this English version, started in 2001, they
are currently working on over 775,000 articles. You may read and edit articles in many different languages.

The goal of the Wikimedia foundation is to develop and maintain open content, wiki-based projects and to
provide the full contents of those projects to the public free of charge. In addition to the already developed
multilingual general encyclopedia Wikipedia, the Foundation manages a multi-language dictionary and
thesaurus named Wiktionary, an encyclopedia of quotations named Wikiquote, a repository of source texts
in any language named Wikisource, and a collection of e-book texts for students (such as textbooks and
annotated public domain books) named Wikibooks. Wikijunior is a subproject of Wikibooks for children and

The continued growth of each of the Wikimedia projects is dependent mostly on donations but the Wikimedia
Foundation tries to increase its revenue by finding alternative means of funding such as grants and sponsorship.

WisdomQuotes.com - [Courtesy of Jone Johnson Lewis] - Listed by category.

World Fact Book Online
This is a public domain resource published by the CIA providing a "snapshot" of the world, country by
country.It is updated weekly and contains Reference Maps, Notes and Definitions on which facts are
collected, country profiles and Flags of the World. The statistical content on this site is enormous.



Better Homes and Gardens
This Australian DIY magazine has heaps of info, projects and ideas on home renovation.

Burke's Backyard [and Backyard Blitz].
On this site find out what to grow and when to grow it under "My Climate" and peruse the archives about pets
and plants back to 1997. On the same site visit Backyard Blitz on various ways different types of backyards
can be renovated.

Do It Yourself network

Do It Yourself.com


Dulux MyColour
This site allows you to experiment with different colour schemes online and see how the colours relate
to each other in actual rooms with furniture using Dulux's innovative software.

HomeMadeCleaners 1

HomeMadeCleaners 2

HomeMadeMiscellaneousStuff 3

HomeMadeMiscellaneousStuff 4

Home Design for Lifestyle and the Future - Australian Government
Your Home is a suite of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the
design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally

This very slick site combines the resources of News Ltd, Australia's largest media company and the Housing Industry
Association Ltd (HIA), the largest housing group in Australia to provide "how - to" information on most types of home renovations.
But be warned, the price you pay is that they are going all out to try and sell you a maze of products and services.

You could easily spend most of your life on this site. The title says it all.

Jim's Home Repair Stuff


Use this site to find out which product fixes whatever you are trying to fix.
Selleys specializes in adhesives, fillers and sealants.

An A to Z online introduction to doing 100's of different things.

ToolsIndex.com - An Index ofv Tools Services, Supplies and Information

Tool Reviews Online

Wood and Forestry - Weblinks - from Australia's national Association of Forest Industries

Woodturning and Australian Timbers - Australian National University

Woodworking Australia

Workplace safety - Hazardous substances and Safety issues



ABC Education Resources Online
Links to ABC Online content indexed by subject under 18 headings.

Experts in all sorts of fields are recruited to write about their pet subject. If you need to know something
about anything, and you are not sure where to go, then this site is not a bad place to start.

Anthropology Tutorials and Web Links - Behavioral Sciences Department, Palomar College, USA

Archival Index of Archives [Tulane University, USA]

Archives of Australia

Archives of UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation]

Archives of the United Kingdom

Archive.org [Internet Multimedia Archive, USA based]

Australian Government Website
This is the central government website providing access to Australian Government Information and Services.

dmoz - Open Directory Project
Building the largest human-edited directory on the web with over 4 million sites - 64,600 editors - over 590,000 categories.

Education and Training - NSW Department of

English as a Second Language - [P.L.Duffy resource Centre, Trinity College, WA]

Geneology - [Abeshaus.com]
All non-Aboriginal Australians can trace their origins from countries outside Australia.
This site may assist those with origins from USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Italy and Vietnam.
Find here also a link to Free software [Ancestry Family Tree Freeware] to help you construct your own Family Tree.

Genealogy - Search Whatever Australia
The Australian Genealogy Search Engine and Directory for the most useful Australian and International sites.
Extensive lists of convicts, ships, passenger lists and Genealogical clubs and societies.
Search for that missing link or list your Family Tree, Personal Page or website for free.

History - General - HyperHistory Online
This is obviously a labour of love by a Swiss Historian by the name of Andreas Nothiger.
Her online World History Chart begins with David and Solomon and ends 3000 years later with Einstein,
Picasso, Roosevelt and Churchill. In between, in divisions of 10 years, the major events, empires and
invasions, inventions and achievements, rulers and leaders, writers, philosophers and scientists are listed.
Colour-coded lifelines for 464 of history's most influential people; over 3000 facts relating to science,
culture and politics; and 24 historical maps are fitted neatly into a chart which is, nevertheless, small enough
that 3000 years of world history can be reviewed at a single glance!

History on the Internet - Australian [Nationlal Library of Australia]
These are useful sites for locating documentary sources of information in the field of Australian history, such
as archives and historical societies. Note that these sites do not contain the actual archives themselves,
but rather indexes and finding tools. Also contains a brief outline of Australia's history.

History Websites, Best of - [Princeton University, USA]
Best of History Web Sites contains links to over 800 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy,
and usefulness. Included are links to K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.
Sites with engaging educational content and stimulating and useful multimedia technologies are most likely to be included
in these pages. However, useful general resources and research-oriented sites have been included as well.

Holocaust in History - An online resource with links to other sites.
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana.

Library of Australia Online - National
This is an ongoing series of online exhibitions on Australian History and Lifestyle.

Library - Virtual
This is incredible site is probably a listing of libraries containing most of the intellectual resources on the

Linguistics Network - Australian
This page lists Australian and New ZealandUniversity Departments involved in linguists and and certain
other Australian and New Zealand linguistics-related links.

Martindale's Reference Desk
This site, created in 1994, has links to a wide range of subjects covering Languages; Cars, Aircrafts and
Yachts; Computers and the Internet; Home construction and Remodelling; Education; Electronic Media;
Entertainment and the Arts; Fashion; International Affairs; International Countries, Business and Travel;
Science tables; Calculators Online Centre [18,640]; Astronomy/Space centre; BioSci/Biotech Centre;
Chemistry; Engineering; Geoscience; Materials Science; Mathematics; Physics; Health Science Guide
including Nutrition and Cooking.
Jim Martindale spends most of his life building and updating this site. He appears to have a background in
Physics and is an Inventor. Probably one of the oldest quality sites on the web from a lateral thinker with
too much time on his hands. A massive piece of work.

Multicultural Australia
This is a website funded by the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET), and being developed
by the Office of the Board of Studies NSW (OBOS) in conjunction with the University of Technology Sydney
(UTS), the Board of Studies [NSW] and the Department of Education and Training, with funding from the
Community Relations Commission for a multicultural NSW, formerly known as the Ethnic Affairs
Commission of NSW.
It is being established to assist teachers with finding quality resources on multicultural education,
anti-racism and exploring new strategies to promote cultural tolerance.
This is a work in progress.

Shoes: History of Shoe Making - Department of Podiatry, Curtin University of Technology, Perth WA

Word Origins - from a British perspective [WorldWideWords.org by Michael Quinion]

Writing World.com
Large, no huge number of articles and advice on all aspects of writing either for pleasure or for profit.


ABC Rural News Website

Australian Conservation Foundation - ACF is Australia’s leading national not-for profit environment
organisation and is funded almost entirely by individual membership and donations.
Information to assist you do your bit for the environment at home.

Bureau of Meteorology [Australia]
Everything you will ever need to know about the weather. Includes weather forecasts and warnings,
publications, stuff for school projects, Agricultural bulletins for all states and much more.

CARE Australia is this country's second largest foreign aid organisation, providing humanitarian assistance
across the globe. It was formed in 1987 by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
CARE Australia is unique because it is directly responsible for the design and implementation of its own
programs - giving an Australian face to overseas aid and providing ordinary Australians with a means of
directly helping those most in need in the developing world.

Centre For Design
Their aim is to conduct an integrated program of interdisciplinary research, consulting & professional development
to promote and demonstrate the role of design and innovation in achieving an environmentally sustainable future
for Australia.

Clean Up Australia Online and Clean Up The World Online
Ian Kiernan AO and all those involved in Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World, see it as their job to
inspire communities - individuals, families, governments and businesses - to take responsibility and be
actively involved in making their part of the world a cleaner and healthier place to live.

Climate Forecasting Group
This Group is part of the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre and has an aim to improve understanding
of Australian climate, including the effects of climate change, and to develop systems to predict climate on
scales beyond the medium range.

Conservation Volunteers Australia - Mission: to attract and manage a force of volunteers in practical conservation
projects for the betterment of the Australian environment.

Desert Knowledge Australia
Knowledge creation and innovation occurs when people share their ideas and experiences.
Desert Knowledge Australia is establishing networks of people to undertake the research, product
development and marketing needed for thriving desert knowledge economies.
This includes drawing from informal and formal knowledge bases, developing business models to capitalise sustainably
on our natural resources, facilitating better remote delivery of health and education services, and developing policy and
appropriate tenure including Intellectual Property arrangements for communities to progress commercial opportunities.

Greening Australia
Greening Australia is an organization which is doing something practical about our country’s environmental problems.
They are a national, community organization that helps Australians to protect remnant vegetation; protect biodiversity;
repair and prevent land degradation; improve water quality; and provide habitat for native fauna.

Landcare Australia
Landcare Australia is there to build partnerships between communities, businesses and governments to
care for Australia's environment now and for future generations.

Marxan Freeware
This software program was developed in 1998 as a Ph.D. thesis by an Australian graduate student, Ian R. Ball, working with
Dr. Hugh P. Possingham, a professor of mathematical ecology and director of the Ecology Center at the University of Queensland.
The program, which is free, takes data about species and their habitats and spits out an optimal design for the most efficient
network of reserves to preserve biodiversity in a region.
Since the software was developed, conservation groups and academic biologists worldwide have been using it and various
offshoots to create plans to guide land purchases and government policies for protecting endangered species.
See New York Times article dated September 21st 2004.

Murray-Darling Basin Commission
The Commission is responsible for managing the River Murray and the Menindee Lakes system of the lower Darling River
and advising the Ministerial Council on matters related to the use of the water, land and other environmental resources of the
Murray-Darling Basin.

National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP)
This plan is the first of its kind. It tackles two major natural resource management issues facing Australia's
rural industries, regional communities and our unique environment.

National Dryland Salinity Program
This is a collaborative research and development effort for Australia that is investigating the causes of, and
solutions to, the national problem of dryland salinity.

National Trust of Australia

Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC) and the
Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC)

They were established in 2001 by agreement of Australian Federal, State and Territory Governments.
The major role of these Ministerial Councils is to better integrate Australia’s conservation and sustainable production objectives.
On this site you will find government publications on policy in this area and on environmental research.

NSW Department of Environment and Conservation
Learn how to be an environmentally responsible citizen. Links to the Environment Protection Authority,
National Parks and Wildlife Service, Resource NSW, Botanic gardens Trust and Sydney catchment Authority.

Organic Farming - Biological Farmers of Australia
Range of publications, services & information as well as information about Organic and Biodynamic

Total Environment Centre
Their mission is to defend the environment. They believe that environmental ideals can be made real, and
that the power of community action can change our world.
They are one of your voices for environmental advocacy. They take your concerns to the decision-makers and strive for
environmental justice. They are committed to genuine community involvement in all decisions that affect our environment.

Weeds of National Significance - Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Australia

Wetland Care Australia
Wetland Care Australia is a not-for-profit company dedicated to on-ground action to repair wetlands.
They work nationally fulfilling an important functional niche between government agencies, industry,
communities and landholders to enhance and conserve wetlands.



Conservation International
CI applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest
regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems.
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., CI works in more than 30 countries on four continents.

David Suzuki Foundation

Global Warming and Droughts - Edward Cook, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York
A study of tree rings showed that a 400-year-long drought dating back 1,000 years ago occurred during a time
when the planet was warmer than usual — like today.


Planet Ark
Learn how to protect your environment.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
A lot of info on environmental issues.

Virtual Library of Ecology and Biodiversity

"The World Environmental Organization is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of Earth's
limited and threatened natural resources.
Together we can develop and implement strategies for preventing future environmental destruction.
World.Org can help individuals like yourself promote ideas about issues such as recycling and conservation
to millions of people around the world in over 50 countries."



CanSmart.org [Australia] - the steel can recycling website.
They have information for householders, waste educators, manufacturers and marketers, and students.
You can find everything from a Householders Guide to Steel Can Recycling, to the new Recyclable Steel Logo
which brand owners can download and incorporate directly into their labelling.

Brings together the cartridge remanufacturing businesses of Australia and ties them in with a network that satisfies the three R's
of waste minimisation. Corporate Recycling offers customers the complete service of cartridge collection, remanufactured
printer/fax cartridges, and quality recycled plastic products made from printer cartridges and toner bottles that cannot be re-used.

KidsNet.au - Recycling Advice and Information

RecyclingNearYou.com.au [Planet Ark]
Enter your Postcode, Council Name or Suburb below to see what can be recycled in your area.

Recycling Newspapers and Magazines - Publishers National Environment Bureau

Recycling Signs - SocialChange.net.au
This page contains downloadable signs for recycling bins.

The signs may be downloaded and used, copyright free, for any reasonable purpose.
Simply click on the appropriate format and the original EPS or TIFF image file will be downloaded to your computer.

Resources Recycling links - Allan Barton, Murdoch University

SydneyWater.com.au - Saving and Recycling Water

Visy Recycling we provides world standard recycling solutions that are easy for you - whether at home, work, school, sporting
events, public events or in the community. They recycle paper and cardboard, glass, steel, plastics, liquids, paperboard and
aluminium. They collect recyclable materials, sorts them into material groups, onsells them ready for new end uses, and
re-manufactures them into new and innovative products. Australia wide.

Waste Management for Industry - Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage

WaterSavingsProject - Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Info on all aspects of water conservation for bothcity and country dwellers.
Includes an Australian Plant Selector for each geographical region.

Water Recycling in Australia - Special Report May 2004
From the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)


Food and recipes are very subjective, as peoples' tastes vary considerably.
Please take this into account when perusing the sites below.

ABC "The Backyard" Advanced Recipe Finder
Search the databases of over 50 ABC Chefs Alphabetically by Title, Ingredients, Cooking Method, Course or Cuisine.

Better Health Channel - Victorian Government
Search for recipes by catagory or dietary requirements.

Cave Man Diet - Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD - Low-fat diets, claim the pundits of medical orthodoxy, have been
associated with good health and longevity throughout the globe and since the dawn of time. The research of Weston Price
proves otherwise. From the Eskimo of Alaska to the hardy Alpiner, from Gaelic villager to African tribesman, Price
discovered that all healthy indigenous people had a plentiful source of animal fat in the diet.

Coffee - CoffeeReview.com
This site is designed to entertain and educate coffee drinkers, food service professionals, and the coffee trade with a credible
and easy-to-use coffee guide based on objective, blind reviews from some of the most experienced individuals in the specialty
coffee industry.

This site collects recipes submitted by amateur and professional cooks from around the world.
Some or all [I'm not sure]of these recipes are checked out before placing on the site.
Includes articles on various aspects of food, it's preparation and nutrition. Looks like a large site.

Cook's Thesaurus
Deciphering the complex world of international cuisine has become a passion for the founder of Cook's Thesaurus, Lori Alden,
who meticulously provides carefully considered substitutes for all manner of ingredients in the global kitchen.
This site, created in 1998, has over 2,500 entries, includes photographs and adds the various names by which a specific foodstuff
may be known around the world, to ensure you realise that, for example, Indian brown, German and Egyptian lentils are all exactly
the same variety. The Cook's Thesaurus could not be simpler to navigate, or more clearly designed says the London Times.

Links to recipe websites. Choose by Ethnic Origin or Catagory. A huge number of links.

Dairy/Lactose Free recipes from Sanitarium,

Food and Nutrition Information Centre - United States National Agricultural Library (NAL)
The NAL was established in 1971. This web site provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers,
nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials,
government reports, research papers and more.
Articles and databases online include Topics A-Z, Dietary Guidelines and Supplements, Food composition, etc.
FNIC nutrition information specialists review all site content to ensure top quality resources.

Food Intolerance Network - Sue Dengate
These web pages provide information about the effects of food on behaviour; health and learning ability in both children and adults.
There is also upport for families using the low chemical elimination diet recommended by the Australian Royal Prince Alfred
Hospital - free of
additives, low in salicylates, amines and flavour enhancers (FAILSAFE).

Food Down Under
Database of over 200,000 recipes. Search by Country of Origin or by Ingredients, Food Group and Recipe type.
Incudes a Dictionary of food terms and ingredients and an easy measurement conversion guide. A lot of attention to detail and
well set out with good looking recipes. The section for Australia includes 29 recipes for Anzac Buscuits. Obviously a collector.

I guess if you look hard enough you will find a site on the web that specializes in just about anything.
The anonymous authors of this site have collected as many recipes as they could find from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Many come from out-of print books. Others are family favorites passed down through the years. All of them were created before
the advent of electric ovens and microwaves!
These are recipes apparently you can’t find anywhere else—the books are out of
publication or they aren’t hot-selling recipes because most of them have not been adapted for today’s kitchens.
Crank up the old wood-fired stove. Definitely worth a look.

Greek Doctor's Diet - "Dr. Fedon Lindbergs advocates a "slow-carb" approach, based on eating natural foods and keeping a
close eye on the Glycaemic Index and the Glycaemic Load. His methods are from the cutting edge of scientific research and his
recipes, which allow you to eat plenty of food to satisfy your appetite, are at the most delicious end of the "Mediterranean diet"

Gluten Free recipes for those with Coeliac/Celiac Disease.

This Aussie site put out by the Emerald Hill Clinic in Victoria will educate you into eating healthier.

Herbies' A to Z of Herbs and Spices
Information and recipes on virtually every type of herb and spice you can think of. Ian hemphill is a second generation expert on
herbs and spices. Spice facts and useful hints, Newsletter archive back to 1997. Purchase top quality products online or
visit Ian and Liz at their Rozelle shop in Sydney.

Probably originating thousands of years ago in the Caucasus Mountains of Europe. Kefir was made by the local cattle and goat
herders. Kefir culture is unique among fermented milk starters in that it is composed from a mixture of friendly bacteria and yeasts
that harmoniously coexist. The microbes break down the lactose in milk and the other chemical components, contributing to the
taste and transformation of milk to Kefir. Kefir.net shows why it is different to yoghourt.
There is no genuine fresh Kefir that can be bought ready made in Australia, but you can culture it yourself if you are really keen,
by buying a startup culture from this site in Dom's Kefir In-Site South Australia.

MasterFoods Australia New Zealand, founded in 1926, now offers over 700 food products in categories as diverse as top quality
dried herbs and spices and convenient stir fry sauces.
Use the large number of recipes on their site to create your own online Recipe Book.

Find out how nutritious various foods are. The data in ND's database comes from the USDA's National Nutrient Database for
Standard Reference (release 16), and is supplemented by additional listings provided by restaurants and food manufacturers.
The exact source for each individual food item is listed in the footnotes of that food's analysis page.
Opinions expressed on the analysis page are based on calculations derived from the Daily Reference
Values (DRVs), Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs), and recommendations of the FDA.

World's Healthiest Foods
The George Mateljan Non Profit Foundation offers the latest scientific information about the benefits of the World's Healthiest
Foods and the specific nutrients they provide. Equally important, they offer practical, simple and affordable ways to enjoy them
that fit your individual lifestyle.


There may also be useful links for this subject under "Do-it-Yourself" and "Environment and Conservation".

Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants [ASGAP]
This site has imnformation and a comprehensive list of links for those interested in the cultivation,
propagation, conservation and appreciation of Australia's native flora.
Click HERE for ASGAP archive of articles and plant photos.
Click HERE for ASGAP advice on cultivation and conservation of Australian plants in specific geographical
areas while Study Groups concentrate on specific plants and links to other botanical sites and databases.

Australian Garden History Society - Links to other Historical and Garden Conservation websites.

Australian Plant Name Index
Maintained by the Australian National Botanic Gardens as part of its larger IBIS database, in collaboration
with the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and the Australian Biological Resources Study.

Backyard Organic Gardening [David Bellamy in Tasmania]
Contains this section on Companion Plants.

Bonsai Australia

Bonsai Network - Japan
A great resource with lots of photos and links for this most artistic of gardening styles.

Bushtucker - Edible Plants using Permaculture [Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane]

Climate Zone Guide for your geographical location - [DiggersClub.com.au]
Go to the index on the LHS under "Your garden Explained - Heat & Cold Zone". This is a commercial site.

Flora of Australia online - Australian Department of Environment and Heritage
The information in the Flora of Australia online website was first published in the Flora of Australia series,
produced by the Australian Biological Resources Study and co-published with CSIRO Publishing
(previously with the Australian Government Publishing Service).
The Flora of Australia aims to provide a uniform description of the plants of Australia, with identification
keys, illustrations of most genera and many species and distribution maps of all taxa.

Food Garden - Urban South Eastern Australia [John Ditchburn]
This site has been set up to help and encourage people grow at least some of their own food where they
live and are always likely to live, in the cities, suburbs and towns that dot our wonderful planet.

Friends of the Earth - The sustainable low waste, low impact, low maintenance garden.
This information series outlines five environmentally friendly ways to a low-maintenance garden:
Planning your garden to meet your needs; Minimising lawns and recycling grass clippings; Choosing native plants suited to
your area; Composting and mulching organic wastes; Using water wisely (on trees and shrubs and ground covers).

Gardeners' Network - The A-Z of Gardening [USA site]
A lot of useful information and tips.

Gardening Australia [ABC.net.au]
Articles archive going back to 1999.

GardenWeb Australia - The Internet's Gardening Community
This US based site has an online forum, an Australian directory of gardening organisations, businesses,

public gardens and collections, a link to a plant database, botanical terms and gardening tips.

A comprehensive guide to home gardening in Australia. Free online magazine.

Growing Native Plants - Australian National Botanic Gardens
In the 1970's and early 1980's the Australian National Botanic Gardens produced a landmark series of
booklets called 'Growing Native Plants', issuing one volume a year for 14 years.
This Web version updates highlights from the series, making the information available to a much larger
local and world audience. In recent years new species have been added, written by the Botanical Interns
as part of their training program with the Australian National Herbarium.

Native Plants - Flora for Fauna.com.au
Flora for Fauna is an initiative of the Nursery & Garden Industry and is supported by the Federal Government
through its Natural Heritage Trust. The nurseries and garden centres of Australia want to spread the
message that Flora for Fauna gardens can be a joy to the people who create them as well as a life-saver to
the fauna that find sanctuary there.

Native Plants - For the Sub-tropics [SGAP Qld.]
Series of 43 articles with practical advice on growing specific species of plants for that region.


Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their
food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. It is also the conscious
design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and
resilience of natural ecosystems.
There is a lot of useful information on this Bungala Ridge Permaculture Gardens site.

Plant Encycopedia of 100 plants, with photos - Tradeaplant.com.au

VegetablePatch.com [Gavin & Paula Atkinson, Brisbane]
Comprehensive information and tips

Water - Guide to saving water in gardens - [Sydney Water]



ACON [AIDS Council of NSW]
ACON is a health promotion organisation based in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities
with a central focus on HIV/AIDS. We provide HIV prevention, health promotion, advocacy, care and support services to
members of those communities including Indigenous people, injecting drug users, sex workers
and all people living with HIV/AIDS. ACON has offices in Sydney, Western Sydney, Illawarra, Northern Rivers,
Hunter and Mid North Coast with an extensive range of outreach services.

AIDS Information Services
Over almost 20 years, The Australian AIDS Fund Inc has involved itself in the provision of pacesetter
supportive accommodation facilities or men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS through its
San Michel and Rosehaven services.
It established the nation's first such specific facility (Rosehaven) for women and children in Melbourne.

ALS / MND Alliance
ALS and MND are abbreviations for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease respectively.
ALS/MND is a neurological disease that affects over 350,000 of the world’s population, and kills over 100,000 every year.

Anorexia and Bulimia - AustralianHealth.com, plus links to other sites

Learn about all the different types of arthritis and the latest and best treatments.

Australian Capital Territory Health Website

Australian National Drugs Campaign

Beer's List - Potentially Inappropriate Medications for the Elderly
In the early 90s, Mark Beers, M.D., and several other U.S.A. specialists in geriatric drug therapy, developed
a list of medications that were inappropriate for nursing home residents. The list – now known as the Beers
List – was amended in 1997, and updated in 2003, and has become a well known tool for guiding doctors
away from prescribing medications that may be harmful when taken by older patients.

Better Health Channel
Established in May 1999 by the Victorian (Australia) Government. Its role is to provide the community with
access to online health related information which is: "Quality assured, Reliable, Up-to-date and Locally
relevant". Consumer health information on the Better Health Channel is constantly expanded and regularly

Breast Cancer Institute [NSW]

Cancer Council Australia

Guide to Internet Resources for the Cancer family of Web sites, established 1996, now with over a thousand
pages. It is maintained on a voluntary / not-for-profit basis.

Deafness Forum of Australia

Depression Calculator for the Workplace - Productivity Impact Model
Calculating the Impact of Depression in the Workplace and the Benefits of Treatment

Dermatology Resource Centre - From the American Acadamy of Dermatology. An A to Z of skin conditions,

Learn about the different types of diabetes and the latest and best treatments.

Dizziness, Vertigo and Hearing Disorders - [Dizziness-and-balance.com]

Doctors Reference Site
This site is mainly designed for Doctors, but it contains much useful information for patients as well.

Information accessable to patients includes articles on medical conditions, links to other sites, support groups, first aid,
food additive codes, health insurance and a comprehensive list of public and private hospitals for all Australian States.

eMedicineHealth.com - Launched in 1996, comprises the largest and most current Clinical Knowledge Base available to
physicians and other healthcare professionals. Topics are listed A to Z, and articles are comprehensive. USA based.

Eye Institute [Perth]
The Lions Eye Institute in Perth, is the largest eye research institute in the southern hemisphere.
Their research teams lead the world investigating cataract, diabetes, glaucoma, retinal degenerations,
artificial cornea and laser and gene therapies.
Each year LEI provides specialist clinical services to 40,000 patients from throughout Australia and the
world. LEI internationally renowned surgeons perform around 3000 complex eye operations annually.
Ophthalmologists abroad seek specialty medical training at LEI and return to their region with a higher
level of skill. Since 1983 the Lions Eye Institute has supported community services aimed at early detection
and prevention of blinding eye disease.

Everybody aims to provide useful and accurate consumer health information for New Zealanders.
It is written by medical writers and reviewed by consumer health organizations and health professionals.
Everybody has been developed for the lay reader seeking general health information. It offers an overview
of health conditions and treatments. It is not intended to provide 'in-depth' health information on diseases or conditions.

First Aid- St Johns Ambulance, Australia
Go to this site first for First Aid.

Food Intolerances:
The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit, in Sydney Australia, is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious
Allergy research units in the world. Their booklets on Food Allergies are cheap and absolutely essential if this area applies
to you or your family. Food intolerances are rarely fully understood properly bymost medical practitioners and other health
professionals, so read the booklets and be informed when you visit your health professional. It is Food Intolerances that lead
to and aggravate a Leaky Gut. See this page for an
intro on Salicylates, Amines, MSG and Food additives also from
Dr Robert Lobla
Overview on common allergies from the National Institute of Health, Maryland, USA.

Fact sheets on common allergies from another site: The Allergy Foundation in the UK.

Food additives- Alphabetical list

Food Additives- Numerical List

Global Family Doctor - WONCA Online is a medical resource site involving medical spcialists from around the world.

Headache.com.au - A headache and migaine information site.

HeadacheAustralia.org.au - An initiative of the Brain Foundation

Through this site you will find a wide range of up-to-date and quality assessed information on important
health topics such as diabetes, cancer, mental health and asthma. The Australian Government hopes you
will become a regular visitor to the site and make HealthInsite your first choice for health information.

Health Insurance Funds - [List and Links for Australia]

Heart Foundation

Lancet Medical Magazine
This prestigious medical publication, THE LANCET, is committed to making educational resources accessible to clinicians
in resource-poor countries. So the electronic research archive in international health enables authors to self-archive research
to medicine in the developing world, with subsequent comments on the research posted alongside.
Much of the Lancet's archives are free to view after online registration.
See also LANCET Links page to Peer-reviewed journals, Societies, government organisations, and reference material,
Health and human rights, Patient organisations and self-help groups

Information on Diseases and Conditions, Healthy Living, Drugs and Supplements, Health Tools and more from the
researchers at the highly respected Mayo Clinic. Includes an excellent online medical encyclopedia.

Medicare - Australia

MedlinePlus is a goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National
Library of Medicine in the USA. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information
that is authoritative and up to date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institute of
Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions.
The site also includes a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary.

Designed to inform, educate and entertain kids and adults alike in the areas of healthcare and healthy living.
While you are there, explore the Virtual Body section. Have a look at Build a virtual skeleton bone by bone.
Then take a narrated tour to learn about your brain, watch a heart pump blood and more.

Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a neuromuscular autoimmune disease that affects the use of muscles - normal
communication between the nerve and the muscle is interrupted, leaving the muscle weak and fatigued.

This Australian site is a good place to start should you require any medical information.

NeuroPsychology - [neuropsychologycentral.com]
Articles and links on various behavioural conditions arising from Autism, Traumatic Brain injury, headaches
and others.

NSW Health Website

For those trying to lose weight, have a read of this review of Paul Campos's book "The Obesity Myth"
in the UK Guardian [April 24th, 2004], for an alternative to the prevailing view on weight loss and
cardiovascular health. A similar article/review was in Australia's SMH on July 31st, 2004.

Pharmaceutical Medications - Do you need them?
1] There's a backlash building against the cost, risk and side effects of medication, and it's bad news for the
pharmaceutical industry.
Article courtesy of XTEND-YOUR-LIFE Newsletter, Dec. 2004.

PsoriasisNet - An educational site brought to you by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Pub Med - U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information
Searchable medical database. Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information,
NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for
analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of
molecular processes affecting human health and disease.

Queensland Health Website

Sex in Australia - "The Australian Study of Health and Relationships".
This population based surveyof the sexual health behaviours, attitudes and knowledgeof Australian people was conducted
on 19,307 respondentsbetween the ages of 16 and 59 years in 2001/2002. Available as a PDF file.

Thyroid Australia - First stop shop for Thyroid problems. Excellent downloads.

Victorian Health Website

WebMD.com - Dr. Dean Ornish
Their mission is to bring you the most objective, trustworthy, and accurate health and medical information on the web.
News, practical health advice, nutrition and over 150 recipes, newsletter, etc.
Has 2 other linked sites:
Medscape for Physicians and Medscape for Healthcare Professionals
See also Unofficial Support site for Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

WellnessLetter - University of California, Berkely
Well researched articles on various aspects of health.

Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition
pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health
and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Articles and advice on a large variety of health issues
my medical and non-medical professionals. The article on Statin medications is a bit of an eye opener.



American Botanical Council
Established in 1988, the American Botanical Council (ABC) is the leading independent, nonprofit,
international member-based organization providing education using science-based and traditional
information to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine.

Ayurvedic Traditional Indian Medicine
Ayurveda is the branch of Vedic science, which deals with the physical body and sits beside the Indian
disciplines of yoga, meditation, astrology, etc., in a holistic sense. Herbal medicine, dietetics, physiology,
surgery, psychology, spirituality etc. are included in ayurveda.
This site has a comprehensive overview on the subject.

Chinese Traditional Medicine
Background and History in this encyclopaedia of a site from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Falun Gong [also called Falun Dafa]
"This is an ancient form of qigong, the practice of refining the body and mind through special exercises and meditation.
Like tai chi, qigong is a vital part of many people's lives in Asia; almost every Chinese park is brimming by the break
of dawn with people practicing these arts."

Feldenkrais Method
The aim of this type of physiotherapy is to re-educate the body in how to move, improve posture and
re-establish a more constructive connection between mind and body.

Herbal Teas - [penelopesach.com.au]
In 1990 Penelope began to develop a range of Herbal Teas that were organic, Australian grown, blended to suit different
health levels but most of all delicious in quality and flavour.

Herbs Research Foundation
Latest news, articles and research from around the world on herbs and supplements.

As they say "Laughter is the best medicine". When you feel down and out there is nothing like a good laugh.

Janson, Dr Michael [M.D.] - Nutrition and Alternative Medicine Online Newsletters

If you are into Herbal Medicine then this site, with all its complexity, is for you.

Medicinal Herb Databases and Manuals on History, Pharmacology, Formulae, and Botanical Info
Michael Moore, director of the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, Bisbee, Arizona, USA [est 1980] has put together
this wonderful resource, with links to many sites around the world. A special mention should be made of Michael Moore's
own Herb manuals complete with actual herb formulae.

Medicinal Herbs Online - Alphabetical Directory of Herbs

Dr Mercola's free newsletter is one of the better sources of alternate health information on the web.
As with all similar sites he does have his biases and he does sell stuff.

Natural Medicine and Supplements - UC Berkeley.com
The information on this site relies on the expertise of the School of Public Health and other researchers at
UC Berkeley, as well as other top scientists from around the world. A subscription is required for access to
parts of the site.

Natural Medicine and Supplements - Vitacost.com
Even though this is a commercial site, the information is well set out, with ratings and clinical references
for each product.

NutraIngredients.com - From Europe breaking news on Supplements, Nutrition & Healthy Foods.
Sign up for free daily or weekly newsletters. Use search feature to find articles on specific foods and supplements.

Paleolithic Diet - What the Hunter/Gatherers Ate - A 3-Part Introduction by Ward Nicholson.
Essentially this concerns the study of what humans ate during the the last 2 million years prior to the last Ice Age about 12,000
years ago. A major factor inhibiting the study of this subject is that after the last Ice Age, the level of the worlds oceans rose,
flooding the coastal regions of most continents where probably the highest concentrations of lived, thus eliminating completely
the richest area of study for modern archeologists. Many nutritionists feel we have much to learn about human health by studying
the diets of these people.
See NutritionAustralia and the Loren Cordain, PhD interview for other overviews. Indiana University article on how changes
in hunting techniques over the last 200,000 years influenced diet.
See also PaleoDiet.com for links to other sites on this subject.
If after reading this you still think humans shoud be vegetarians, have a look at this functional and structural comparison
of a human's digestive tract with that of a dog's and a sheep's.

Authentic Pilates is a method of physical and mental conditioning created and developed by Joseph H.
Pilates over 75 years ago. Pilates incorporated his study of eastern and western philosophies and of
physical and mental conditioning to create more than just an exercise program.
Including low impact stretching exercises, Pilates is now widely recomended by many Health
Practitioners in Australia. This American site gives a good overview.




CraftersCommunity.com - Top 100 craft sites

The top craft sites for cross stitch, satin stitch, knitting, crocheting, origami, batik and machine sewing.

This very detailed site has a huge amount of information about the various ways you can use diferent sorts of fibres and textiles.
Includes crafts, art forms, business ideas, sewing and repairs, related computer software, other online resources and links.

Hobbies - Online guide - [About.com]


Knitting Links - Dropbears Webring

PageWise - Do it Yourself Crafts




Altkey.com.au is the resume bank for the Australian computer industry.
And altkey.com.au is free to both Job seekers and Employers!

CafeScene.com.au is for those in the cafe industry, including situations vacant. The site iscontinuously updating jobs for
chefs, waiters/waitresses, duty managers and of course baristas

Careers Online - Australia
Written by professional Careers Advisers (since 1979) Australia's Careers OnLine has been helping internet
Job Seekers with their Job Search and Career Development since 1995!
Information on Career choices, Job options, Workshops, Free positions wanted ads, Free Resume Wizard.
This is all a Free service.


Jobs for dancers, musicians, actors, singers, writers, directors, etc listed by country of origin.





Resumes - 10 Tips

Resume Writing - 7 page introduction, see pdf file link at bottom of page


Designed to for younger people with advice on vocational choices, training, jobs and resume writing



ABC's Guide to the Arts and Culture
Learn what's going on in Film, Books, Regional Arts, Digital Arts, For Kids, Visual Arts, Design and

Antique Links - Dropbears

Australia Business Arts Foundation
AbaF's mission is to increase private sector support for the arts. AbaF is a Commonwealth Government
body and works with both business and the cultural sector, with the aim of bringing benefits to business,
arts organisations and the Australian community.

Botanical Gardens of Australia

Culture and Recreation - Australian Government website
Find over 3,000 websites and 1.3 million pages about Australia's culture and recreation.

Origami - Japan Origami Academic Society

Powerhouse Museum - Darling Harbour Sydney
Everybody either living or visiting Sydney MUST go to the Powerhouse Museum at least once.
Either in the flesh or online, it's a fantastic everchanging resource for kids or anyone with a desire to learn.

This site is for train enthusiests containing history and background information as well as links to other train related sites.

Sydney Observatory
Historic Sydney Observatory is a museum about contemporary astronomy and its history.
Their regular program of exhibitions, films, talks and night viewings gives you a glimpse of the history of
astronomy and a chance to explore some of the most advanced technology of our time.

Theatre Australia
For all the budding thespians out there, this is the site for you. Features most of the smaller theatre groups
and companies, and the number is huge.

Established in 1979, Ticketek is the leading ticketing partner for the sports and entertainment industries in
Australia and New Zealand, selling over 10 million tickets annually to approximately 13,000 events in more
than 225 venues throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Virtual Library, Museums, Art Galleries and World Culture.
This site has it all - listings and links to everything. I was their 6,697,604 th visito



Short biographies on 25,000 famous people

Biographies of 60 famous Australians - Commonwealth Department of Education

Poetry Links - [poetsunion.com]

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg produces books in electronic form (ebooks) which are freely available to the public.
These ebooks may be read on a computer using a simple text editor or viewer. The books are in the 'public
domain' and there are over 10,000 available. All have been prepared by volunteers and cover the areas
of light literature (Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, etc.); other literature (Shakespeare, Moby Dick,
Paradise Lost, etc.) and reference (Roget's Thesaurus, The Bible, dictionaries, etc.). Project Gutenberg in
the United States produces etexts in accordance with US copyright law. Project Gutenberg of Australia
produces etexts in accordance with Australian law.

Quotes and Quotations - Famous
Quotations are under the headings of Inspirational, Famous People, Love, Friendship, Chocolate, Funny,
Patriotic, Success, Leadership, Birthday, Movies, Sports and Music.

Storytelling Australia
Stories, Articles, Interviews for Children and Adults.



FreeSite.com: Mobile Phone Freebies - Links

Nokia Free Downloads for Ringtones, Logos, etc

Nokia Free Stuff Links - [IndyHawaii.org]
Ringtones, Wallpaper, logos, java games, etc


Most online viewing connections require either Microsoft Media Player, Real Player or QuickTime Player.
Note that Media Player and Real Player have their own guides to internet radio. It is recommended you
update to the latest version possible if it is compatible with your computer hardware and software.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a state-of-the-art Centre for the public exhibition,
display and preservation of Australian and international screen content in all its forms.

Australian Film Television and Radio School

B-Movie Central
Here you'll find: Detailed reviews of your favorite B-Movie classics - Articles - Links to my Rogue Cinema
Articles - The BMC Cheese Blog - Links to other B-Movie related sites - B-Movie Central Merchandise -
The webmaster's personal DVD collection list - And more!

DigiGuide TV Library
Search archives by genre, actor name, character name, director name.

DVD Reviews - Michael D's Region 4 DVD Info Page
This site has a comprehensive and in-depth selection of Region 4 DVD reviews with over 6000 reviews
available. They also keep a database of links to reviews on other web sites, so you are able to read
additional opinions of a given DVD. Updated daily.

DVD Town - Read about the latest developments in DVD technology as well as DVD reviews.

Film production Webring - for those who make movies

Horror Movies

Internet Movie Database
The Internet Movie Database, the biggest, best, most award-winning movie site on the planet. Or so they say.

Memorable TV
Explore the most intimate details of your favourite TV series - new and old. Archives by country of origin, including Australia.


Movie Info - Brough's Books
Search database by Genre, Director, Actor and more. Has detailed synopsis of most movies.

Movie Poster Links - Dropbears

Movie Scripts from: 1] Script-O-Rama,

Movie Trailers from Apple.com using iTunes

MSN Entertainment
All the gossip on Celebs from Movies, TV, Music with Interviews, News, Photos etc.

Live on the edge. If you have never heard of MTV, then you probably won't want to watch and listen to what is on this site.

OffOffOff.com - The alternative guide to the Arts in New York.
Their mission is to cover alternative arts of all kinds in New York City -- independent film, off-off-Broadway
theater, local music, non-commercial radio, and whatever else they can think of.

SBS Movieshow
Delve into the SBS archives for quality reviews on movies of all genres, specialises in non-american movies.


Silent Movies - All about

Sydney Morning Herald Film Reviews

Theatre Australia
"Theatre Australia is intended to be a forum for everyone with an interest in Australian theatre.

Wherever you are, whether professional or just starting out, this site aims to offer opportunities for us all to gather and
share our enthusiasm for a live entertainment form that is far from dead and gone!
Like so many of the best sites on the internet, this site is "free" and is maintained entirely by voluntary efforts."
Includes links, reviews, articles, forums and more.

WoodyAllen.com - The man and his films.

WorldBestWebsites - Movie Website Links

Find out what's on and in which movie theatre wherever you are in Australia. Incudes session times.



Australian Dance Links to Studios and Venues

The Australia Dancing portal, hosted by the National Library of Australia, provides users with access to both current
and historical information about dance in Australia.

Ballet Alert! Online is devoted to classical and neoclassical ballet. On this site, you'll find information about dancers,
companies, and ballets from around the world.

Ballroom Instruction Manuals - Circa 1490 to 1920 - [Music Division, Library of Congress, USA]

Dance Articles and Links - Links to mostly Sydney dance studios, but includes interstate ones as well.
Links also to dance relevent sites and articles all around the world.

Reviews on dance productions from around the world.

Jobs for dancers, musicians, actors, singers, writers, directors, etc listed by country of origin.

Features, articles, dance news, reviews, photos, services, links from around the world. USA based.

Dancesport Australia - Competition Ballroom Dancing

Dancing Shoes Australia
Recommended by Australia's Leading Salsa, Tango and Ceroc Dance Studios. Australian made
PRODANCE DANCE SHOES have the inbuilt design features of superior style, fit, comfort, strength and stability.
Styles, Strap arrangements, Trims, Colours, Heel heights and Shapes, Sole types & up to 5 Width fittings.
Optional resin sole for outside wear. At this stage fittings in Sydney only.

Dancing Shoes - The History of Footwear - [Cameron Kippen, Curtin University of Technology, Perth WA]
The author attempts to outline the history of popular dance with reference to shoes and shoe design. Very comprehensive.

Dance Music Awards - Australia
More like Hip Hop and Funk than conventional social dancing.

Australia’s new home of dance on the Net!
Dancenetwork.com.au is your premier online dance resource. As both a comprehensive directory to the
dance world, and an online magazine with loads of interesting stories - you can find almost anything and
everything related to dance on Dancenetwork.com.au!

Dance Links for S.E.Queensland - [TheLocalTourist.com.au]

History of Ceroc Dance
Clare Bowman from Staffodshire in England explains Ceroc: A modern form of dance combining
the likes of swing, jive and salsa.


History of Modern Ballroom Dancing

History of Tango.com
Uncovers the fascinating and complex world of Tango.

The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® is a unique and exciting opportunity for schools to take part in a dance, drama and design
spectacular where the students are the STARS. While the result is a professional event staged in some of Australia’s top venues,
the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® is about having fun while enjoying a 100% drug free experience.
Over 200 schools and 25,000 students compete in 40 Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® shows across Australia annually. Teams as
small as 10 or as large as 140 students from each school plan an eight minute performance incorporating a theme of their choice,
set to contemporary commercially available music.

The heart and soul of Salsa dance history.

Sapphire Swan Dance Directory.
Links to dance sites listed by style. Includes various styles of Ethnic dancing. Not as comprehensive as I would have thought,
but will be useful to some people.

Sydney Salsa Congress - January each year

Voice of Dance has been on the world wide web since 1996. Begun initially as a vehicle for dance enthusiasts to voice their
opinions and thoughts about dance, it rapidly blossomed into a much broader resource, providing not just bulletin boards on
which to post reviews and ideas or chats with dance celebrities, but also offering calendar listings for major dance companies
around the world, quick review excerpts of dance performances from all over, as well as the latest news from the arts world.
Includes also dance e-postcards, an extensive image gallery, special multimedia presentations and global directory of over
25,000 dance-related companies and organizations. A large and extremely comprehensive site covering most dance genres.



Collin's Cinema - My Home Theatre
This site is here to share Collin's experiences with the challenging, time and money consuming, sometimes
exasperating hobby of Home Theater. Includes Maximum sound pressure level (loudness) and Viewing distance calculators.
This is an enthusiast's site and is non-commercial

Dictionary of Home Entertainment Terms - [Stephen Dawson]
Very comprehensive and detailed.

Build your own speakers for your Hi Fi.



ARIA - Australian Record Industry Association
Founded for, and administered by, the Australian recorded music industry, ARIA plays an important role in its future development.

Their members range from major record labels to small independents - ARIA works to protect their interests, acts as an industry
advocate, compiles the weekly ARIA charts, and promotes initiatives to support local music. See also Take40 Australia.

Australian Music Centre
Short Biographies of over 400 Australian composers.

Australian Youth Choir

Australian Youth Orchestra

History of Popular Music
John Bulmer
writes about "Devil Music: Race, Class, and Rock And Roll".
He traces this amalgam of African Rhythms, Negro Spirituals and Blues
right through to current pop.
This is a massive piece of work that really deserves an Academy Award.

Info on Jazz in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Music Australia - a work in progress
MusicAustralia aims to make Australian music resources and information widely accessible: music in all its
formats, across styles and genres, and including both heritage and contemporary material.
MusicAustralia will be developed and delivered as a collaboration between the National Library of Australia,
ScreenSound Australia, the National Screen and Sound Archive and other national cultural institutions and
the wider Australian music community.

Orchestras [Australia]

Info on jazz and listen online, from Monterey, California

Song Lyrics Online

Swing Music Net
Jazz music was America's first truly original contribution to the world art community. The period of the 1930s
and 1940s was the only time in history when Jazz was the most popular form of American music.
This was the Big Band Era and Swing music was king. Many people still enjoy the classic sounds of the
Swing Big Bands of the 1930s and 1940s. If you do, then you will love this site.


NEWS and the MEDIA [General]

ABC NewsOnline [Australia]

For the latest in news and current affairs this site is hard to beat. In my experience, when things are happening the ABC
updates it news bulletins faster than other news services.

ABC Online [Australia]
For 70 years from its beginnings during the Depression years, the ABC has grown into Australia's largest broadcaster,
entertainment and marketing organisation. It has become an important part of Australia's
cultural heritage, fostering the arts and reflecting the nation's cultural diversity.
The ABC Online homepage has links to online audio and video, transcripts of many of the popular programs,
guides to what's on and up to date news omn many subjects.
Click HERE for a list links to the ABC's audio and video sites.

The Age
News from Melbourne's top newspaper.

Al Arabiya News Channel
Al Arabiya, based in Dubai Media City, was launched to quench the audience thirst for credible, trustworthy, timely, and relevant
news. Read this New York Times article [January 2nd, 2005] on how Al Arabiya has introduced a voice of moderation into the
world of Middle east news reprting. "When Al-Rashed arrived at Al Arabiya, he replaced the news director and hired a new
executive editor. The three men share a vision for the station that involves less gore and a wider definition of what is news and
what should captivate the interest and emotions of their viewers. The new leadership triumvirate is interested in reporting stories
about honor killings and violence against women in Arab countries, a widespread phenomenon rarely considered newsworthy by
other Arab media outlets. Al-Rashed and his top editors also push for lighter stories about daily life -- the kind of apolitical features
that fill much of the programming day on Western news channels.........."

Australian Associated Press - News and Images direct from the source.

Bloomberg.com [USA]
World financial news and commentory; stockmarket data, news,charts and analysis, online radio and TV.

BBC Online [UK]

CNN.com [USA]

Drudge Report [USA]
A weird looking page listing key headlines; links to News sources such as Reuters and UPI; newsmedia front pages in the
USA and around the world; links to current articles by key journalists and more. Site receives about 13 million visits per day.

Financial Times [UK - Defaults to Asia]
This iconic UK based finance journal has four versions Asia, UK, Europe, USA.
It still has its famous Lex Column, which seems to have expanded somewhat over the last 30 years or so.

The news feeds and video links here are update continuously and cover various aspects of Photography [a speciality],
as well as topical news under a variety of subject headings. Some of the content here is for paid subscribers only.

Guardian [UK]
Top news from the United Kingdom

New York Times on the Web [USA]
Have your free subscription to the New York Times emailed direct to you.

Nearly 6,000 newspapers to choose from all around the world

Australia's own multi-cultural TV and radio. THE place to find out what's going on in the world of soccer.

Slate - MSN [USA]
Slate is slick. Slate can be tailor made to your own tastes. Slate is a glimpse to the future of what an online
newspaper/magazine/discussion forum for your PC/Pocket PC/Palm Device should be like.
Choose what you want sent to you as a daily email newsletter put together by a staff of experienced journalists.
Site includes a daily Doonsbury comic strip.

Sydney Morning Herald
The latest news from one of Australia's top newspapers.

United States newspaper list - Over 3,000 links.

Washington Post [USA]


Note that there will be an overlap with some of the above links in the "News and Media" section.
Most online viewing connections require either Microsoft Media Player, Real Player or QuickTime Player.
Note that Media Player and Real Player have their own guides to internet radio. It is recommended you
update to the latest version possible if it is compatible with your computer hardware and software.

ABC Radio Online [Australia]

Australian Radio Online
Your complete listing of Australian radio stations, including the ABC, streaming over the internet!
There are hundreds of Australian radio stations which are streaming over the internet 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week which you can listen to for free. There are also several part-time streaming stations. This website is
a complete listing state by state of every Australian radio station, which is streaming over the internet.

This is a Telstra site showing what can be done with Video clips on broadband.

BBC World Service

Created for cool dudes under 25 years old and who think MTV is old hat. Music, video and anti establishment content.

Music, news and gossip on the Top 40 scene brought to you by Today FM.
See also Take40.com and PlanetRock.com.

Movie Trailers Online - JurassicPunk.com [Needs QuickTime Player]

More than just over the top video clips, this site is also an encyclopedia of popular music.

MyRadio Radio Tuner [Microsoft]
Requires Windows Media Player. Music from online radio stations all over the world and more.

National Public Radio [NPR]
NPR is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming.
A privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization, NPR serves more than 750 independently operated, noncommercial
public radio stations. Each NPR Member Station serves local listeners with a distinctive combination of national and local
programming. Listen Online to whatever program interests you. Also listen on Australian ABC News Radio.

Multi-media site with flash, audio, games, animated cartoons and more. Geared for young minds in various aged bodies.
Some mature content.

QuickTime Player and iTunes Free Download

Internet Radio Station Guide featuring Web Radio links to online radio stations from around the world.
Note that not all countries have web radio and not all of these links work, but a huge number do.
Browse by Station, Country or Category.

Real Player Freeware - Download
Note that when you download Real Player you also download over 70 bits of spyware, so make sure you
have 'Ad-Aware' installed so the spyware can be deleted after Real Player is installed.

TimeTrax - Satellite audio recorder, Freeware version [requires registration]
TimeTrax is a software application for XM Satellite Radio. With TimeTrax, you can tune into over 120 digital audio satellite
channels, featuring music, talk, comedy and news and record the broadcast onto your PC's hard drive in WAV or MP3 format.
Timetrax is easy to use and includes a 10-event scheduler that allows you to 'time shift' programming

Windows Media Player - Download

World Radio Network
WRN, founded in the UK in 1992, is a leading broadcast and transmission company providing broadcasting
and telecommunications services to its clients, predominantly in Public Radio.



Legal direct database downloads of over 3 million files MP3s, games, movies, mobiles.
Costs $20 US per year for unlimited access. Excellent value if they deliver what they claim.

DivX Video Freeware
The world's most popular video compression technology.
DivX is a high-performance video plug-in that lets you create and watch
high-quality movies and video. The DivX codec lets you playback any DivX video (including DivX VOD movies) and create
DivX videos with popular 3rd party software to share with friends and family.


"The History of Humanity became a much longer chain of differing opinions, when humans learned to read and write." - Anon
"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the alternatives."
- Abba Eban, Former Israeli Diplomat and Foreign Minister. Died 2002.

Allen, Woody - Jewish American film maker, actor and comedian.
"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.
The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly".

Arafat, Yasir
Muhammad Daya, Yasser Arafat's minder for 10 years, speaks to Mariam Shahin.[SMH November 2004]

Brown, Gavin [Professor] Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney writes on compulsury student unionism.
"Should university students be made to join their student organisation?"
Gavin Brown says student unions have a proud history. SMH, November 11th, 2004.

"Doonsbury" - by G.B.Trudeau
"A Christmas Story" -
Where the Ghost of History Past renders judgement on George Dubya Bush. [Dec. 20th 2004.]

Evans, Gareth, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Crisis Group. Biography
"The Responsibility to Protect: Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century".
2002 Wesson Lecture in International Relations Theory and Practice, by Gareth Evans, Stanford University.
This has been put forward as a policy blueprint for the United Nations.
...if humanitarian intervention is, indeed, an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how should we respond to a Rwanda,
to a Srebrenica—to gross and systematic violations of human rights that affect every precept of our common humanity?

Faulkner, John, Australian Government Senator. From the 2005 Henry Parkes Lecture, 22nd October, 2005.
"Politics is one of the ways our large and diverse nation works out solutions to our problems -- including our social problems.
Politics without a social purpose is the empty pursuit of power, brutal and meaningless."

Greer, Germaine, On receiving an Honary Doctorate of Letters at Sydney University in November, 2005.
"....Now you may be thinking to yourself, 'What am I going to do with all that history I studied? Will it make me a better
operator in the call centre?' The answer is no. It will probably make you a worse operator in a call centre. And it might get
you sacked … which is a pretty good outcome," she said.
"But what it will do is make it easier for you to bear working in the call centre. Think of it that way. Because you will have
another option now.
"It may be an option that will never earn you a penny - or on the other hand, it may make you rich and famous - but all the
things that you have learnt … nobody can take them away.
"They are your treasure. And when things are really grim, they are always still there."

HarariI, Haim, A theoretical physicist, is the Chair, Davidson Institute of Science Education, and Former President,
from 1988 to 2001, of the Weizmann Institute of Science. During his years as President of the Institute, the Institute entered
numerous new scientific fields and projects, built 47 new buildings, raised one Billion Dollars in philanthropic money, hired more
than half of its current tenured Professors and became one of the highest royalty-earning academic organizations in the world.
Throughout all his adult life, Harari has made major contributions to three different fields: Particle Physics Research on the
international scene, Science Education in the Israeli school system and Science Administration and Policy Making.

A View from the Eye of the Storm, Talk delivered by Haim Harari at a meeting of the International Advisory Board
of a large multi-national corporation, April, 2004.

Machiavelli, Nicolo (1469-1527): "The Prince", Written 1513. - Brief biography, Dedicated Machiavelli website.
"The first great political philosopher of the Renaissance was Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527). His famous treatise, The Prince,
stands apart from all other political writings of the period insofar as it focus on the practical problems a monarch faces in staying
in power, rather than more speculative issues explaining the foundation of political authority. Machiavelli's greatest work is
The Prince, written in 1513 and published after his death in 1532. The work immediately provoked controversy and was soon
condemned by Pope Clement VIII. Its main theme is that princes should retain absolute control of their territories,
and they should use any means of expediency to accomplish this end, including deceit
[500 years later this philosophy is still being used very effectively by the the governments of many countries in the world].

Manji, Irshad [Author] - HomePage
This very brave and articulate lady has literally put her life on the line to produce her book "The Trouble with Islam"
[Random House].
In an historical context, whether or not you agree with her views or the accuracy of her content, this book is
engaging our society in extremely important dialogue and deserves to be read. Like most religions, this a subject that is seen
to be open to interpretation even by many Muslims and is not well understood at all by by most Non-Muslims.
Read the ABC transcript of the Andrew Denton
"Enough Rope" interview. Also the interview with Deborah Caldwell
from Beliefnet.com. Reviews of her book by Ari Sharp at the Melbourne Writers' Festival, Michael Potemra from the
NationReviewOnline and miscellaneous Editorial and Customer reviews from Amazon.com.
See also SMH essays on "Victims will never be victors over Israel" September 2nd, 2004 and
"The freedom to criticise the Koran"
Nov.4th, 2004 and "Let Muslims speak" Nov. 12th 2005.

Marx, Groucho - Letter to the legal department of Warner Bros. concerning the title of a movie called "A night in Casablanca".

Moisi, Professor Dominique - French commentator and academic, had a message for Australia and any country with a large
immigrant population: “Listen to these people, engage in permanent dialogue with them. Do not allow them to feel alienated in
your society. Don't create monsters by your indifference.” [Interview with 60 Minutes' Peter Overton, Nov. 13th 2005]

Sheehan, Paul - Journalist SMH
"So many talking, so little sense."
"The biggest contest in Australian politics is no longer between the Coalition and Labor,
between right and left, worker versus owner, conservative versus progressive. It is between elected and accountable versus the
unelected and unaccountable......" [SMH November, 2004]

Ted Talks - Bringing together some of the world's most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking
mavericks, icons and geniuses. Each week, they release a new online talk, designed to inspire, intrigue and awaken the
imagination. Watch online or download audio or video to listen to / watch later.



Animal Adoption Agency, Sydney - Australia, is an organisation run by a very dedicated husband and wife team.
Lee & Fiona Amiti devote almost all of their time relocating and taking in animals who are looking for new homes.

Australian PetLink

Everything about cats - care, health, behaviour, breeds, online forum, links.

This is the site where all cat fanatics will feel at home.

EMBL Reptile Database

Fish Information Service
Guide to Aquarium Resources on the Internet

Guide to Aquarium Resources on the Internet

Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine

Directory of cat websites

Directory of dog websites

OzPets is an all Australian Pet Portal dedicated solely to Australian pets and pet related web sites.

Pets 4 You
Gives an overview on most types of pets.

Find out what pets are available to adopt and from where. Articles on pet adoption, fostering, re-homing, behaviour and training,
travelling with your pet, pet first-aid and more. A new site that will improve with time.

Read this before you get a pet.

"A complete pet magazine with a 3 month life span FREE in Sydney.
Pets may not be able to read, but those who are their
companions and owners can NOW! Our magazine will give pet owners a compelling read, great timely information and handy tips
as well as directing them to the products, services and businesses they need for their pets happiness & welfare.
Each issue consists of a series of articles, which need to be downloaded as PDF files to be viewed.

This Australian natural therapy site for animals is the love-child of Victorian Diana (Moon) Hayes.
Links to list of Ailments, list of Herbal Remedies, Pet Nutritional Supplements.
Check Site menu in right hand top section of screen for complete list of subjects covered on site.


"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell - (1872-1970),
British philosopher, mathematician, logician, essayist, and renowned peace advocate.

An extremely comprehensive and detailed site about Australian, British and American Politics.

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy believe that Australia should have the british Monarch as our official Head of State.

Bali Bombing - October 12, 2002. [journalism.uts.edu.au; Author - Adam Harris]
The series of links here trace how the media reacted to this terrible tragedy at the time.

Bioethics Resources on the Web - National Institute of Health, USA
Links to resources available in bioethics including education, research involving human participants and animals, medical and
health care ethics, and the implications of applied genetics and biotechnology. This website contains a broad collage of annotated
web links. The listed resources provide background information and various positions on issues in bioethics.

BitterLemons-International.org and BitterLemons.org are internet forums for an array of world perspectives on the
Middle East and its specific concerns. They aspire to engender greater balance and understanding about the Middle East region
and open a new common space for world thinkers and political leaders to present their viewpoints and initiatives on the region.
Their audience is the interested public and policymakers.

Conceptwizard.com is not orginisational based but put together by Israeli individuals, whose goal is to provide quickly viewed
educational tools to help people better understand and explain the roots of the Mid-East conflict. Although Israeli based, this site
puts many of the relevant issues forward in a simple and a very creative way that helps to establish an informed perspective to
some of the history of this area. The "Pipeline of Hatred" slideshow on contempory Anti-semitism is a must see.
NOTE: This was put together BEFORE the continuous and systematic slaughter of Iraq Arabs by other Arabs desparately trying
to destabilise a country trying to democratise itself. Islamic extremists will do anything and everything to prevent a genuine Arab
democracy from taking a foothold in the Middle East.

"Crikey will point out theft, corruption, deception and collusion whenever and wherever it can. It is our self-appointed task to take
a long thin spike to the bloated egos of political, media and corporate Australia and to take clear black and white snap shots
of the men and women who have their fingers in the till or who simply get paid too much for doing shoddy work.
We will at all times try to have fun, respect the laws of our country in as far as they make sense and to fill the gaps the
Australian media seem unable or unwilling to fulfil."

Davids Medienkritik - "Politically Incorrect Observations on Reporting in the German Media".
Comments on how the German Media view the English speaking world. A different perspective. In English.

Elections - Australian Federal - ABC News Online
Comprehensive expert views on the nation's 150 electorates from the ABC's election analyst, Antony Green.

Global Events magazine - [W. Joseph Stroupe, Editor in Chief]
This site "is dedicated to in-depth and truly objective analysis and forecasting of global developments. Absent from our Magazine
are the economic, political, social and ideological biases and allegiances that permeate, often very subtly, most other media."

International Crisis Group [ICG]
The ICG, headed by Australia's Gareth Evans, is an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation, with over 100 staff
members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
See also links in the OPINIONS.... section.

Journal of Religion & Society has been established to promote the cross-disciplinary study of religion and its diverse social
dimensions through the publication of research articles, essays and opinions, review articles, and book reviews.

Middle East Forum
"The Middle East Forum, a think tank, works to define and promote American interests in the Middle East. Founded in 1990,
the Forum became an independent organization in 1994.
MEF sees the region, with its profusion of dictatorships, radical ideologies, existential conflicts, border disagreements, political
violence, and weapons of mass destruction as a major source of problems for the United States. Accordingly, it urges active
measures to protect Americans and their allies.
Toward this end, the Forum seeks to help shape the intellectual climate in which
U.S. foreign policy is made by addressing key issues in a timely and accessible way for a sophisticated public."

NewMatilda.com - Political Commentary to a different tune
"NewMatilda.com is a place for you to speak out about the Australia you want. NewMatilda.com will promote:
truth in public life; independent political commentary; policy based on public good;
citizen power in decision making.
NewMatilda.com will deliver a weekly online magazine to subscribers, generate topical analysis and debate, and give you
the opportunity to have a say in developing policy.
The success of our vision of independent voices changing Australia
depends on your active participation.
So join us today. Get active in our democracy." Subscribers only.

Open Society Institute (OSI) is a private operating and grantmaking foundation based in New York City, that serves as the hub
of George Soros's network of foundations, a group of autonomous foundations and organizations in more than 50 countries.
OSI and the network implement a range of initiatives that aim to promote open societies by shaping government policy and
supporting education, media, public health, and human and women's rights, as well as social, legal, and economic reform.

Opinions Online
Have your say in what goes on in Australian and Overseas Politics and Society. An excellent Links page to all things
political, industry associations, Institutes and Think Tanks, Oz Universities and misc. other sites.
See also GeorgeSoros.com

Philosophy - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Prime Ministers of Australia

Psephos.adam-carr.net - Australian site
"The largest, most comprehensive and most up-to-date archive of electoral information in the world, with election statistics
from 165 countries. Use the alphabetical index to find information about every country in the world."

The purpose of the Pugwash Conferences is to bring together, from around the world, influential scholars and public figures
concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems.
The Pugwash Conferences take their name from the location of the first meeting, which was held in 1957 in the village of Pugwash,
Nova Scotia, Canada, birthplace of the American philanthropist Cyrus Eaton, who hosted the meeting. The stimulus for that
gathering was a Manifesto issued in 1955 by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein -- and signed also by many others.
This manifesto concerned the world wide banning of weapons of mass destruction.
It appears very little progress has been made. Shall we ever learn?

Republican Movement - Australia believes that Australia should have an Australian as Head of State.

Start here for links to backgound and repercussions of this trajic event.

Sydney Indymedia
The global Independent Media centre movement is a vital tool for activists and social change workers to get our stories to the
The Sydney Indymedia Centre will be an ongoing place for activists, photographers, and people participating in protest
to come in and upload their stories onto the website.

TO is visited more than 4 million times per month by readers seeking the straight story and wanting to be involved in building
a better tomorrow. TO is 100% reader supported with no corporate sponsors. Seeks more integrity in USA politics.

World Peace Society of Australia's approach to peace is through non-violence and non-fear.
"We fundamentally believe that a lasting world peace will not be initiated politically, it will begin first in the hearts and minds of
each of us. Until we have peace within our families and our communities and most importantly ourselves, no politician will ever
have the power to bring peace." Multi-faceted website with a variety of ways to express peaceful thoughts.

World Threats.com - Ryan Mauro's website "aims to remove those barriers that separate a common consensus on USA
national security matters and lead to difficulty in executing an educated, well-researched response to those matters.
For that reason, the investigations from around the world on WorldThreats.com often will be the most in-depth investigations
ever published on the mentioned subject".



"SchoolFriends is a fun web site that allows you to get back in touch with your old friends in Australia and New Zealand!
We list over 20,000 Australian and New Zealand schools, universities, colleges and TAFEs! We now have sporting clubs,
community groups, defence forces and over 200,000 workplaces listed! There are now over 1.2 million members! Free.

Social Grid - Links to online dating resources and advice.



Australian Astronomy

Australian Centre for Astrobiology - Paul Davies
How life evolved on Earth, whether life exists elsewhere in the Universe and if it does, how it relates to life on Earth are questions
that have baffled Humans for thousands of years. Pauls Davies and his associates have devoted their lives to try and answer
these questions. Articles, research, news, seminars and links to other sites.

Australian Museum Online - More than you know, more than you expect.

Australian Science Magazine
Read about the latest scientific discoveries. Some free articles, the rest you have to be a suscriber.

Beginning of Life - The Genesis Project [Charles Siebert - The New York Times]
This very long article concerns Astrobiology, the study of the possible origins of life in the universe.
Astrobiology's overall mission includes answering the questions of whether life exists elsewhere and what life's overall
prognosis on earth and beyond might be. There is no bigger story than this one.

Cabinet of Curiosities - 200 years of Australian Science

Calculators and Conversions Online
Here you can convert just about anything to anything else: distance, weights, temperature, speed, volume,
currency, time zone differences, finance and the list goes on. Also find different types of calculators.

CSIRO Online
An institution in Australia, the CSIRO is one of the world's largest and most diverse scientific global research organizations
whose work touches every aspect of Australian life.
It is involved in research and development in Agribusiness, Energy and Transport, Environment and Natural Resources,
Health Information, Communication and Services, Manufacturing and Mineral Resources.
Take a virtual tour and access the results of the labours of 6,500 CSIRO researchers.

Earthquake Hazards Report for the USA and around the world.
This web site is provided by the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program.
Links to regional websites. Includes resources for teachers and students.

EurekAlert.org - The American Association for the Advancement of Science
The premier website for science since 1996. Be informed on the latest discoveries as they happen.

Gemini Project is a multi-national effort to build and operate twin 8.1 meter astronomical telescopes which will utilize new
technology to produce some of the sharpest ever views of the Universe. One telescope is located atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea
and the other is on Chile's Cerro Pachón - together they will provide complete unobstructed coverage of both the Northern and
Southern skies. Their Image Gallery contains most of the astronomical images obtained with Gemini for public and media usage.

Gemstones and Minerals - Educational site by Hershel Friedman, New York
Brilliant as the gemstones presented.

Geology and Earth Science
Very comprehensiive site, contains a Geological Dictionary, Time Lines, Web Links. Includes a list of sites connected with
Astronomy, earthquakes, meteorites, SETI, marine geology, Minerals, Paleontology and a lot more.

Goddard Institute of Space Studies [GISS, part of NASA] is located at Columbia University, New York City.
A key objective of GISS research is prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century.

Mathworld - is the web's most complete mathematical resource and is a comprehensive and interactive mathematics
encyclopedia intended for students, educators, math enthusiasts, and researchers. Like the vibrant and constantly
evolving discipline of mathematics, this site is continuously updated to include new material and incorporate new discoveries.

NakedScientistsOnline [Cambridge University, U.K.].
This is not a porn site, it's just a way of attracting people's attention and getting them interested in science.
Contains links to science articles and websites as well as a Science Forum and Audio online.
A new site and a work in progress.

The latest news in space exploration and astronomy. Download fantastic photos.
Requires that JavaScripts be enabled in your browser.

Nature Magazine - News@Nature.com - The Best in Science Journalism

NewScientist.com - News Service
The World's No.1 Science & Technology News Service - Read the latest science stories online.

SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
(SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.

SETI Institute
The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.

Science in Society, The Institute of
The Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 by Mae-Wan Ho and Peter Saunders to
work for social responsibility and sustainable approaches in science. A major part of our work is to promote critical public
understanding of science and to engage both scientists and the public in open debate and discussion. ISIS has been providing
inputs into the GM debate that would have been conspicuously lacking otherwise. Excellent articles and links on genetic
Engineering. The discussion on Fluid genomes here suggest that transplanting genes from one organism to another is not as
black and white as scientists once thought. A good case against the genetic engineering of food plants.

Spaceguard Survey - Australia
This concerns the search for Near Earth Objects (NEO) - Microplanets (comets, asteroids and meteoroids) that share our region
of the solar system. It is part of an international effort to detect asteroids that might collide with the Earth and to encourage
Governments to allocate funds for this project.

Take a satellite view of many geographical locations on the world's surface.Can be used as a virtual tourism tool or can be used
by those in agriculture, forestry and ecosystem management, fire management, air and marine transportation, etc.

"To celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the
human condition" Some content designed for students and teachers.

United States National Academy of Sciences
Bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to
address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public. Covers all areas of scientific interest.
Includes an online Science Museum. Also includes News, Archives, Current Projects, Publications.

Wollemi Pine — a very rare discovery - [Botanic Gardens' Trust, Mount Annan]
‘Dinosaur tree’ or ‘living fossil’, the Wollemi Pine is certainly one of the greatest botanical discoveries of our time.
The dramatic discovery of an evolutionary line thought to be long extinct is even more remarkable with these tall and
striking trees growing only 150 km from Sydney, the largest city in Australia.



Athletics Australia

Australian Institute of Sport

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) leads the development of elite sport and is widely acknowledged in
Australia and internationally as a world best practice model for elite athlete development.
This site give you the opportunity to learn more about the AIS, its structure and history, achievements
– including Olympic results – and our alumni, awards, coaches, sponsors and the latest AIS news.
As well, you can find out all about the 35 programs in 26 sports offered at the AIS, including the athletes,
coaches, training and highlights of each program.
The AIS has been the nation's sports training powerhouse mainly due to the AIS facilities and the cutting
edge Sports Science Sports Medicine support.
Learn all about both these aspects of the AIS through this site.

Australian Sports Commission

Bowls Australia

Bridge Federation [Australia]

Chess Federation [Australia]

Everything you ever wanted to know about the history and statistics of cricket.

Cricket - Australian

Cycling Australia

Equestrian Federation of Australia


Football League - Australian


Gymnastics Australia

Hang Gliding

Hockey Australia

iSport.com.au - Sponsored by Multibase WebAustralis
Australian Web directory for 29 different sports and their organisations

Netball Australia

Olympics - Special

Olympics.org [includes Winter Olympics]

Rock Climbing

Rugby League - National

Rugby Union - Australian

Sailing and The Physics of Sailing

Scuba Diving

Skiing Australia

Soccer Association - Australian

Softball Australia

Sports Encyclopedia An overview and history of most popular sports.

Sports Injuries Advice - [sportsinjurybulletin.com]

SurfingAustralia.com and Lets Go Surfing [Bondi Beach]

Surf Lifesaving Australia - Includes links to all the Clubs.

Table Tennis

Tai Chi

Tennis Australia and Tennis Open

Wing Tsun Australia

Yachting Australia




This site has amusing quotes listed by Category and Author
, as well as listing the latest 30 quotes.

AngryAlien Productions
Short animated cartoon send-ups of movies

Beyond...the Black Stump - Is an Australian multi-faceted online resource. Includes a list of Puzzles sites and assistance for
Students doing Homework.Excellent site.

Big-Boys.com - USA college boys and girls doing their worst: short videos, jokes and online games.

Providing an In-Depth, Detailed Look at your Favorite Cartoons. A Searchable DataBase of Cartoon Information, Episode Guides
and Crew Lists.

Providing an In-Depth, Detailed Look at your Favorite Comics. A Searchable DataBase of Comic Book Check Lists,
Creator Information and Comic Book Publishers.

Coin Stacking for Fun - Mitch Fincher is a Civil Engineer and builds cantilevered structures with coins. Instructions available.

Comedy Search Engine with over 6,500 sites

Crossword Puzzles
This UK site lists Interactive English language crosswords available on the web.

Comic Strips - uComics
Choose and perouse from over 125 comic strips. Have your favourite one emailed to you each day Free.

Daily Show with Jon Stewart [courtesy of Comedy Central]
A slightly different slant on the daily news. Also links to jokes, stand up comedy and other time wasters.

See the latest Dilbert cartoons and have one emailed to you each day Free.
Read Scott Adam's latest Newsletter.

Doonesbury - For over 35 years Garry Trudea's cartoons have been commenting on USA social and political
peculiarities in his own unique sinical way.Scathing but funny. This Doonesbury cartoon has the last say
on Creationism and would have to be one of the best cartoons of 2005.

As far as I know, this is the only paper airplane that flaps its wings when it flies. No motor, no rubberbands.
Just a piece of typing paper, a penny and an inch of tape. The instructions can be enlarged so they are readable.

Fun and Interesting Conversions

FunTrivia has over 400,000 trivia questions in 3,300 categories, created by over 10,000 different visitors
to this site, from over 100 countries around the world. Over 290,000 registered members and 3,000,000
guests have played a quiz. They have served up over 160,000,000 trivia questions in just the last couple
of years. FunTrivia is large.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - A Pocket Guide to Life, The Universe, and Everything
To those who know about it, no explanation is needed. To those who haven't, go and watch the video.

Jib Jab - Politically incorrect cartoons from the brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis. Santa Monica, California.

Mathworld's Recreational Mathematics - Funstuff with numbers for those who are so inclined.

Medical Humour from WONCA Online

Miniclip online games are fun, free and easy to use. They are small enough to be sent via email, and easily viewed both
online and offline on desktops.

This is the sort of site you get when you have software programmers with too much free time.

Planarity Flash Game - Arrange the vertices such that no edges overlap, time limits, different difficulty levels.

Putfile.com - Short online videos and animations. Sort under 18 headings. Facilities to upload your own.

If you like puzzles then this site is for you to waste your life away.

Ralph VideoVault Online videoclips.

Sudoko - Read an introduction and a history of this game at DailyMail.co.uk
More info with Tips and an online Forum can be found on Sudoko.com
Play online for Free at SudokuOnline.com and Mousebreaker.com and Fingertime.com

Today in Literature
A calendar of engaging stories about the great books, writers, and events in literary history.

Uselessgraphics.com - Not the Lord of the Rings video featuring Jack Black and Sarah Michelle Geller.

Wddg.com - This company specialises in innovative ways of using graphics for marketing.
Have a look at 'Superman and Seinfield' in "Uniform" and "Hindsight".
and Star Wars Lego style "Anakan's story - Revenge of the Brick" .
[Personally, I do not recommend American Express in Australia, but I like these ads]



Australian Travel marketing

Online booking service, matching the travelling customer with the accommodation provider.

CoverMore Travel Insurance

Harvey World Travel

Tasmanian Discovery


An online source for hotel discounts and travel reservations.

LastMinute.com - Australia
Using the power of the internet to match last minute buyers with last minute sellers from around the world.

Hotel bargains at the last minute

RatesToGo.com - Last minute hotel reservations






Australian Government of Tourism and Resources

Australian Tourism Net

Canberra - Tourism

Currency Converter - Oz Forex
Includes short term and long term charts [to 10 years].

Lonely Planet Online

Norfolk Island Tourism

Northern Territory Tourism

NSW Maritime Authority
If you have a boat or you just go boating, then this site is a must for safety issues, maps, places to visit, maritime history, etc.

NSW - Tourism.

OzTourism.com.au - G'day Mate! Welcome to Australia!

Place Name Search - GeoScience Australia
Type in the Australian place you want to find, select the place type and the State you expect to find it in from two
drop down lists. Receive instantly a map and information about the place in question

Queensland Holidays

Details about train travel for all over Australia.

Print your own custom sunrise and sunset calendar. Moonrise and moonset time and moon phase information is also available.
There is a list of predefined cities or you can enter your own location and get a calendar for anywhere in the world.
Major Australian cities included. Works also for any any spot on the Earth where you know the Latitude and Longitude.

Has just about any calculation you might want to make between times and dates.

Time Zone Clock [Australia] - Compare the time across all Australian time zones.

Toilets - Public Toilet Maps for Australia

Tourism Australia [Government Site]

Tourists' Guide to Australia

Tourism Training Australia


Travel Tips
SmartTraveller.gov.au As Australians, this is your first stop for advice before going overseas. Includes travel warnings to
dangerous areas.
Insurance Tips for Travellers [Insurance Council of Australia]
More tips from
Phil Hoffmann Travel, Victorian Govt.,

South Australia Tourism

Visit Sydney and NSW

Visit Victoria

Western Australia Tourism

Useful info when visiting Northern Australia.

Where is.com.au
Type in the Australian street name and suburb or town and receive an instant map online of that location.

Youth Hostels Australia



Adelaide Festival - March every two years, ie. 2006, 2008 etc.

City of Sydney - Event calender

Clubs, Venues, Events and Music Reviews - Sydney [residentadvisor.net]

Sydney Festival - January each year

Sydney Morning Herald Entertainment Guide

Sydney's/Adelaide's/ Melbourne's/Canberra's/Brisbane's Child Magazines - Event calender

What's on for Women [NSW]

What's on in Adelaide

What's on in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

What's on in Byron Bay

What's on in Canberra

What's on in Darwin

What's on in Hunter Valley Wine Country

What's on in the Illawarra

What's on in Melbourne

What's on in Sydney

What's on in Wollongong


Australia's ABC, "Next" and "Icon from the Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesdays' Australian and
PC Authority Magazine for some of the information on computers, software and the Internet.
Also many thanks to the time, effort and dedication of the hundreds of individuals, who put their
heart and soul into the construction of the websites linked now to Websearcher.com.au.
Without their input the construction of this site would not have been possible.

Apologies: I realise this page is slow to download due to its size if you have a Dial-Up internet connection,
but the speed is OK for those on ADSL or Broadband. When I get time I will endeavour to break up the page into smaller
bits to increase speed. Unfortunately until then, if you still want to use this page, you will just have to make do.

Declaration of Interests: Garry Abeshouse is the author of both www.dancingshoes.com.au and
Please email Garry with information on any faulty links or SERIOUS problems with any website listed.
I am always open to suggestions for new websites to list, or ones to delete. I am also trying to keep the
number of sites down to managable levels to make it easier to use.
It would be great to hear your feedback positive as well as the negative.
Email: garrya@bigpond.net.au
Note: This is not a link, you will have to cut and paste my email address into your email software.